drama and attack

L. Bird pkeets at hotmail.com
Wed Jul 14 22:51:33 CDT 2004

>I already sent him an e-mail stating my intent to be apolitical here from 
>now on.  Of course I could just make my signature a political comment 
>everyday, but that's kind of a sleazy, back door way around the rules.

<sigh>  I don't think it's the politics that's the problem; it's the 
interpersonal relations.  Any meaningful discussion seems to degenerate into 
name-calling just lately.

I don't know that Paul has any particular rules against talk that veers into 
politics or religion.  He's asked us to leave off other subjects in the past 
that seemed to get too sensitive.  The tolerant, open format that he favors 
makes this an excellent list for in-depth type discussion and allows a broad 
range of listers to give their honest opinions on The Who, their music, and 
etc.  IGTC  is the best list I currently belong to (out of a bunch) for talk 
about important issues.

However, there are some things about the list that are unsettling.  For one 
thing, Brian Cady says he doesn't post here because of the politics threads, 
but I notice he's sounding very political on Relayers without seeming to 
have any problem with it.  That suggests there's something else going on, 
right?  For another thing, some listers have reported getting abusive 
messages in their private email, the latest one being Jo.  Maybe people 
leave the list because they don't like to read about the personal attacks 
and name calling.

If we could all be a bit more polite, then we could deal with sensitive 
subjects; and if we can't reach agreement, then we can agree to differ.  
That way we wouldn't have to smolder in silence after Paul breaks in.

What do you guys think?  Is there any possible way this could work?


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