Saturday, July 16, 2005

Bloggledygook.

I don't often agree with Daniel. We've had our disagreements about the war in Iraq, general approaches towards Islam and terrorism, among other things. Still, I find his blog, Bloggledygook, to be one of the best out there. It's well written and well thought out (unlike the fish wrap blog known as Tedrow Drive). It is in times like these that we must remain open minded about all ideas and strategies to defeat terrorism. It's for that reason that I recommend you all visit his site and see what he has to offer.

Incidentally, I'm going to put up a blogroll soon. I'm a lazy bastard and simply haven't made time to do so. Here's my question of the day -- Given your political leanings, do you find it useful to visit sites comprising opposing viewpoints on a given topic?

18 Comments:

Blogger dreadcow said...

What do you mean by useful?

I'm stubborn. Always will be. It would take an act of God to change a lot of my political leanings.

What the hell is a blogroll?

8:10 PM  
Blogger Coloratura said...

I'd have to say I do to some extent... when the shit hit the fan in Londontown the other day, I was furiously posting, and my anger towards the Muslim community came out. I don't feel they are doing much to restrain the rather nasty fanatic wing of what I feel is not a particularly evolved religion.

In doing so, I was called all sorts of names, etc., as expected. No one ever answered my point which was: why the hell hasn't the Muslim community done much more than 'denounce' the terrorists? But I digress...

The point here is that my comments came off as probably extremely anti-Muslim which is not necessarily the case. So, having lots of people with views other than my own misunderstand me led me to be more careful in how I made my point. So I would say, yes it does help. And isn't that the point of democracy? A free society with free expression so that ideas can be exchanged and we can (theoretically) evolve. One can dream anyway...

8:16 PM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

dread: You know, a blogroll... like that blogs de mi amigos list you have on your site. I mean useful by, do you find it helpful to consider all sides of the issue through other blogs when formulating your own opinion?

coloratura: Welcome to Tedrow Drive. I'm a Muslim and I denounce all terrorist acts, so there you go. Feel free to read some of my other posts regarding terrorism and the moderate Muslim community.

8:42 PM  
Blogger RT said...

Absolutely!

9:58 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Definately!

Quit being a lazy bastard. :D

10:37 PM  
Blogger Mr. Snitch said...

(1) I've heard talk: "The blogroll is dead." Don't believe it. The blogroll is still a useful way for people to find you. That, and comments on other people's sites, are good old fashioned roll-up-the-sleeves methods of driving traffic. It's being rejected by some only because it doesn't creat an InsstaLanche. Everyone wants their InstaLanche.

(2) Yes, I range the spectrum of opinion. I dare say most people do that about 10% of the time, but tend to spned the other 90% with like-minded sites. Especially in terms of political leanings, people like to go deep in the herd, where they're comfortable. They'll go from Daily Kos to a right-leaning site (pick one) mainly to reassure themselves how evil the other side is, leave a post trashing the proprietor, then scurry back to tell the tale of their heroism.

Me, I go to test the soundness of reasoning, maybe pick up a new idea. Often I go because they've shown up on my site and I want to see who is reading the site. Sometimes I find a new site following a thread of a meme and I have no idea where it will lead.

10:37 PM  
Blogger Moose said...

V. you can’t logically tear someone’s argument apart if you don’t know what it is. It’s always good to know what the other person things. Of course my rule only applies if you want to make rational arguments and stay away from unfounded emotional themes.

11:44 PM  
Blogger An80sNut said...

Definitely. I find it funny when people avoid listening to an opposing view just because it isn't their own. But, once you end dialog and stop listening, you are one step closer to fanaticism.

1:41 AM  
Anonymous Raine said...

I used to read Washington Monthly and Daily Kos, and sometimes read Democratic Underground to get my blood boiling (lol), but I realize that between watching the Newshour & BBC on PBS and listening to NPR, I've already overloaded on the liberal viewpoint.

2:26 AM  
Blogger Hillbilly Mom said...

I am not a very political being, but I have my opinions. I have always liked to hear both sides of the story, if for no other reason than it might keep me from making a fool of myself when I spout my beliefs.

9:55 AM  
Blogger Fred said...

The Missus does enjoy wrapping fish with your blog. She thanks you.

Yes, I do visit sites with opposing viewpoints; challenging one's thinking is an essential part of the learning process.

If the writer argues the point in an intelligent and insightful manner, I'm a frequent visitor. If they're just ranting and raving with no solution in mind, they don't get a second look.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Davydgrey said...

Vavoom, no fish in Vegas, so I guess no wrapping for us...

1:39 PM  
Blogger Adrian said...

YEs- gaining insight into others point of views helps us to understand one another better which can serve one of twp purposes:

Allow us to adapt accordingly to foster peace OR

the more likely option:

Allow us to kick ass REALLy well.

As for the recnt events in London, I have always been somenody that believes that violence is a last resort.

And after what has happened, I am rapidly losing patience. We (as the West) have become so obsesseed with not hurting each others fellings that we no longer know when to draw the line. As a result, our resources are being milked by these sick extremist types (who the Islamic community are ONLY too well aware of)to educate these sickos and give them homes. Only to have our people murdered. South Africa lost two innocents in the blast and I for one am sick of the lack of acrtion taken by the muslim community. If a law was passed to ban Islam and deport all who support it, Id be behind it 100%. So now you know how upset I am.

10:48 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

Imagine a person who only talks to people who share their same opinion about everything. Oh yeah there are people like that called religious bigots... Anyways, yes I always like to see the other side of a coin. My views change based on information and seeing it from another perspective either strengthens my viewpoint or changes it.

11:13 PM  
Anonymous little john said...

I love to check out both sides, NRO, WSJ, Horowitz, Slate, New Republic, The Nation, The Progressive, Powerline, Angry Bear, etc.

10:21 AM  
Blogger dusty said...

i agree with mr. snitch that i spend the majority of my time on like-minded blogs. I do not suffer fools well and its hard to tolerate some of the ignorance that passes as personal opinion sometimes.I love a good debate with someone that believes differently than i do but i hate arguing and fighting..

1:37 PM  
Blogger Rattie said...

Yes, I often visit sites that have opposing viewpoints...they keep me on my toes.

11:13 PM  
Anonymous James d. said...

I do check out both sides on political issues, partly because I don't necessarily have the same ideological viewpoint on every issue, partly because some issues are so complicated that it's very difficult for me to conform entirely to one view or another, and also because the left- and right-leaning blogs often talk about completely different issues.

Also, I enjoy the writing style of certain blogs or writers, regardless of their political viewpoint.

My own blogroll doesn't have too many political blogs of either sort (although it would), but that's because my blog is mostly harmless anecdotes and observations, and baseball. And I intend to keep it that way, particularly as I'm trying to pursue a career as a newspaper copy editor, and to politically blog would probably be a conflict of interest.

1:12 AM  

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