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steve  ·  3075 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Floodgates

I think I can understand that fear - but I like being in control. I actually follow people I disagree with, by conscious choice. It adds to the discussion. It keeps things fresh and interesting. I could cocoon away with some people that make me feel good about myself. But instead I keep a group of people in my feed that challenge the way I think and disbelieve the things I believe in.

If I miss an intelligent post made by some one I ignore because they usually post pictures of unicorns, cats and narwhals, well, then I miss out. But I also miss all of the noise. (not that there's anything wrong with unicorns, cats, and narwhals).





Pharnaces  ·  3075 days ago  ·  link  ·  

As long as most users think and act like you do then there will be no issue with heavy circlejerking, but I don't have that much faith in the average person on the internet.

steve  ·  3075 days ago  ·  link  ·  

heh... too right. but have faith. this place has a way of making you see the good in people you may not otherwise converse with.

Pharnaces  ·  3075 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Indeed, indeed. I'm having a conversation with Laurelai of all people right now and it isn't as bad as it would have been on Reddit. Hopefully things won't change too much with a larger community.

steve  ·  3075 days ago  ·  link  ·  

it's up to us, right? we get to control the flow.

I've misunderstood people, and I've been misunderstood. I had to control myself and hold back the inner flame-troll and just keep it civil. And in the end, I still don't agree with some people... but I follow a few of them just to keep things interesting.