Who needs discussion?

In what in internet terms seems like the distant past, listservs and discussion forums were once arenas of true human interaction. We joined these because we felt that we found something in common with the others with whom we were in contact, and because we did, we enjoyed that contact, even if it sometimes deteriorated into worthless argument.

Today, however, with the aid of talkbacks that appear just about on every site we visit, we're able to vent our opinions without having to read those of others. Cut the discussion - let's get straight to the name calling. Israeli news sites that carry talkbacks report that they censor large percentages of the comments posted - sometimes for language, and frequently for possible slander. Here's there's hardly any reason to invoke Godwin's law - the discussion was over well before it even started.

Go to: How to lose an online argument.