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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    I dont think "most" people have any idea what is going on around them.
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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    I agree, we're a minority here. Most people are not interested in political debate, and are clueless. However, its possible we have some sort of ideological representation here. I dont know if a certaing ideology is more predisposed to public debate on the internet though.

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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    I voted yes; while not a 'representation of our society' (meaning what exactly? US/west? this is an international board);
    it is still the most diverse message board I've been on; and I've been on quite a few.

    By default it is the most representative (diverse), so i'll just go with that.

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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    I am just going to say that from my experience, overall the people who post on the Debate Politics forum are pretty good people.

    There are far fewer wackos here than you find on other sites.

    That's my impression, and I've spent a fair amount of time on other web-sites.
    I agree, it's a much better forum of civility, than other places on the Net.

    But it's also a fair representation of the politically active, not the general population. The masses, as a whole, aren't overly knowledgeable or interested in how things get done. I would say the majority are "swing" or in the middle about most issues.
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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    Yes?
    No?

    I'm going to purposely leave out a "Maybe" option. For this question I think people should be able to make a choice one way or another.

    In some ways it would seem so. We have the whole gamut of ideologies, genders, orientations, ethnicities, and so on. But, I would say 'no' for the simple reason that the vast majority of people here are here because they care deeply about social and/or political issues. Deeply enough to actually discuss them. The majority of average society does not care that deeply, and is seemingly perfectly fine with hiding their collective heads in the sand and willfully ignoring issues that affect them directly. They are fine with letting others make critical decisions for them.

    I believe that we here at DP are in the minority.
    My gut reaction is "God, I hope not."

    I don't think it is, I think you're right in much of what you said. For some reason, the crazies come here. It's one thing to be partisan one way or the other, but between the truthers, the birthers and the hardcore "libertarians"....


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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    Yes, it is a good representation of society overall; there are lots of idiots and a minority of intelligent people.
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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    We even have a neo nazi.

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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    I didn't answer the poll because there needed to be a "Yes and No" option. "Yes" because we all do populate the society out there in the world that everybody inhabits, so it is no different in here on the board. "No" in the sense that these boards are often inhabited by 'seminar' posters--those who are assigned the duty to keep the assigned talking points alive, to make sure that no reasoned discussion of serious topics takes place if there are those who don't want those topics discussed--who don't want the general population educated in them.

    Admittedly, DP seems to be moderated well so that it is more difficult for the seminar posters to get as much traction here as they can on many other boards, but they still do it with non sequitur, straw men, red herrings, and other techniques to derail or sidetrack a discussion. And of course the brainwashed numbnuts exist in real life too, but they are less likely to demonstrate that in real life as they are here. But we all are probably more outspoken on our views here than we would feel appropriate to do in most everyday discussions.
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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    Yes?
    No?

    I'm going to purposely leave out a "Maybe" option. For this question I think people should be able to make a choice one way or another.

    In some ways it would seem so. We have the whole gamut of ideologies, genders, orientations, ethnicities, and so on. But, I would say 'no' for the simple reason that the vast majority of people here are here because they care deeply about social and/or political issues. Deeply enough to actually discuss them. The majority of average society does not care that deeply, and is seemingly perfectly fine with hiding their collective heads in the sand and willfully ignoring issues that affect them directly. They are fine with letting others make critical decisions for them.

    I believe that we here at DP are in the minority.

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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    You make a good point about why you believe DP is not a fair cross-section of society as a whole. My thoughts are the same but for a different reason: Most people don't post on internet forums. Those who do probably fall into one of just a few categories: unemployed; retired; in school. Very few posters (I don't THINK) are working stiffs.
    I've always posted on Internet forums, even when I was a working stiff. Granted, you can probably make a case that most people who post on forums have a much higher daily access to the Internet from work, which is my case, than people who do physical labor/customer service/ etc. and can only post from home during non-work hours. Since the majority of people have access to the Internet, I don't think you can generalize that they're all unemployed.
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