weve just completed a rancorous election cycle and suffered a major attack on a governmental "palace" . Since the opinions about both of these issues seem widely polarized people apparently judge each other by those two topics and opinions seem to drip into other threads,
Also, the large number of religious opinion threads ,from my experience, results in furthr ill will among correspondents.
Other topics of interest seem to come and go with the seasons. Im afraid that the interweb has helped create a means of faceless communication that breeds extreme beliefs and consequently, extreme valuations of others.
I still find interesting topics , Im only saddened in that they often just poof out after a few posts.
I would often take refuge in other forums and even there you will see how the animus builds because you or I have no obligations to be courteous. I know damned well that if we would talk to each other in public like we do on the interweb there;d be a lot more emergency room visits
I was on a carpentry site a few weeks ago where several people were taking really mean shots at each other over the value or superiority of Festool over Milwaukee power tools, or hand cut dovetails v dovetail pattern cutters.
Most of us are limited in our interests and our mastery of things like needle work or deep sea fishing are of interest to a scant few, so what you consider really interesting threads dont have a predicatbly long life.(But they often get revived for a hort time years later)
I am a junkie to the political threads because the amount of evidence presented from printed sources about some celebrity or politician (or both) is often amazing. And when someone whose good at using these data presents an argument, I find the result fascinating an right to a point (even though I dont feel I have a dog in the fight)
I recall, in the "old days" of places like ABUZZ, the concept of ungracious discussion (in my recollection) was just as common as it is now. I recall a series of threads on ART (mostly studio painting), where a few artists on the board would call each other vile names because they didnt agree on the artistic genius of Pollock over Rothko. It was total bullshit of course but the discussions were as passionately followed by two or more enemies who carried on their fights for uncountable pages , where they became more comedic than deeply convincing.
I often take breaks and read or get back to the studio for a few hours a day.
Fortunately weve got a fairly large handful of really good correspondents which I use for learning and "road checks" of my own world views.
Ive found lately that Ive got more interests than I thought I did, so I dont get as excited about how this place is going to "hell in a handbasket" as much as I used to.
Take a break, do some skiing out there (or try to go to a coffee shop and listen to other BMW owners go on interminably about their cars)
, youll be back).