Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Toxic Political Blogs

I do not read the toxic political blogs. What is a toxic political blog? One, it contains lots of barely disguised or blatantly undisguised name-calling. Two, reason, logical argumentation, and tips of the hat to experience and reality are mostly nonexistent. Unfortunately, the majority of political blogs, whether right or left, are of this variety. Three, they are always busy demonizing political leaders; they forget the wise injunction to know thy enemy. To correct their factual content or remark on the unsoundness of their arguments automatically makes you suspect or one of the bad guys.

Anger and vituperation do not turn me on no matter from where it comes. (I struggle to avoid them when I write this blog.) I do not understand why people enjoy reading these blogs. Is there a ready to hand psychoanalytic explanation for it? Would I enjoy them if I were not primarily interested in political philosophy and its relation to current political affairs?

I feel that anyone who engages with a toxic political blog does so at his or her own peril. She or he will either validate their own ignorance via popular approval, or engage in angry and irreconcilable disputes. Some people write merely to dispute, no matter what the point, or are completely disingenuous. The best thing is leaving them to their own devices rather than engage with them.

I enjoy the political blogs where discourse and persuasive argumentation takes place in a productive environment regardless of the politics of the author. I just say no to toxic political blogs.


At 1:31 PM, Blogger Julia_1984 said...

I agree... although i might made the sins you mention in my blog from time to time..

At 9:59 PM, Blogger Renegade Eye said...

I wonder which one you are talking about?

I got hit by a real destructive troll.

At 9:57 AM, Blogger Lynn said...

renegade eye,

I wasn't referring to anyone who has hit my blog, but rather the all too common political blogs that merely angrily shout X is good and Y is bad.

You have one of the most fair minded blogs I know. That is one of the reasons I look for posts everyday.

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