The internet is a vast and complex resource when you can find information on any topic at the touch of a button. It’s also created a global arena where people can voice their opinions, and have intelligent discussion on the issues. In today’s political environment the internet should be a tool in which debates are common place and the masses can be provided with a differing view point from their own to educate and improve their awareness of the issues.
Unfortunately, just like in real life, idiots tend to congregate in groups of like minded individuals, and instead of having civiziled discussions, they tend to speak the same opinions on the same message boards and then pat each other on the back for how smart they are. Unfortunately, this the absolute worst way to approach politics, as being in an insulated environment of like minded people just results in mental stagnation. (Although, don’t tell them that – they’ll claim they aren’t.)
In all my travels around the internet, in the past couple years, I have failed to find a place where civilized political discourse actually happens… besides my own blog. (And, if I’m honest, the blogs of other people out there who dare to even write about their political views for fear the masses will come down on them with the fury of a thousand suns for having an opinion differing from their own.)
Here are the two worst offenders, which, if you’re looking for intelligent debate, should be avoided at all costs:
Townhall.com was launched in 1995 as the first conservative web community. It was the first major investment in online political activism. Now – it has become a safe haven for all people who are uneducated and just want to fall in lock and step with the republican party line without questioning anything. On this site, you can find some of the most religious, right winged assholes who spread bigotry and hate all congradulating each other for their superior and clearly correct view.
To survive on this site you must retain the knowledge that democrats are evil, Obama is a muslim terrorist bent on destroying the earth, God hates queers, steers, and automobiles, and anyone who tries to tell you differently is clearly the devil in disguise.
Fark Politics Tab (“Fark Independents” AKA Liberal)
Fark, in my opinion, is actually one of the worst offenders in this group. The sites claim to fame is “It’s Not News, It’s Fark”. Once a site more akin to News Of The Weird, the politics tab has now denigrated into one of the most liberal circle-jerks there is, the saddest part being that the users on the site are wholly unaware of their status of liberal lemmings. They consider themselves to be independents, and tolerant of opposing views – however, when someone presents an opposing view that they don’t agree with – the new person is automatically jumped upon and assumed to be either the most stupid person on the planet, or clearly has to be a troll which is there to just rile you up.
If you want to have a successful relationship on the Fark.com Politics tab at this time, you must keep the following facts in mind: Republicans are wholly evil and can do absolutely nothing right, Obama is the savior (still) and Romney has absolutely no redeeming qualities. Bonus points for talking about the ridiculousness of Sarah Palin, making fun of people who support Ron Paul, reminding users how you used to be a republican but now you’re an independent, or if you can post a chart or graph with no label to support your point.