The silence is deafening.
After having three forum sites collapse beneath me, I was greatly encouraged to hear that the NG had a community forum site available. Although it is painfully obvious of the NG’s right wing leaning tendencies through the years, it seemed a logical conclusion that a site such as this held considerable potential. What, being a big 10,12, 14 or whatever school city.
Several years back, the Vermilion County site called “All Around Danville” was a dynamic, thriving and rapidly growing forum, in a blue collar town with low test scores and semi sans-progressive tendencies. An incredible site, until its sale to a local media group who believed they were in the newspaper business and let it die
So the thought of all those educated brainiacs and ultra-right wing Urbana Champaign persons coming together in their own local forum community, was a thrilling thought indeed. But what could be and what is, becomes the depression of what has become.
After several months of posting on different topics in trying to spark debate, the best that was achieved was a couple of “says you” posts back to me. No real depth, no real debate, no real interaction, no real community.
So where is everyone?
My guess is that like much of America today, they are in their little comfort groups where like minded drivel is the norm and descent is limited to minimal variations on the theme. A cocooned world of mental inbreeding that allows for warm associations based on minimal thought, because they are certainly not here.
Our ability as a nation to come together on common grounds and debate with each other in logical passionate ways seems to be repressed. Our ability to robustly debate each other in a spirit of respect and understand, seems to be of a bygone era. And our ability to come to an understanding of each others positions, has certainly been buried by our partisan ideologies.
The recent shooting of a US Congresswoman is the natural outcome of our intransient and vitriol dialog that has become this nation’s norm.
A nation where the screaming ultra-right wing pundits slobber the word “liberal” as though it was a meaning of demonic powers, while putting gun sight logos on those of political opposition.
We have become a nation of isolation. Isolating ourselves through imperial actions overseas and radical politics at home, a nation of ignorant people looking to blame anyone but ourselves for the mess we’re in.
Here in this place is our last great hope in understanding each other. Here within these limitless knowledge links are the paths we need to enlightenment. Here within this time is our success possible.
We can either choose to use it in learning about our world and each other, or let its inherent isolative tendencies, dictate the dangerous strangers we become.