Reasoned Debate Online

I find that the biggest barrier to a reasoned debate is time rather than space, restrictive though it may be. Everything goes so fast that there is pressure to react sooner rather than later without allowing time for reflection. People then fall back on popular "truths" that can quickly be thrown out there. You can see this on Slashdot too where people pounce on articles to post the established group-think for a quick ' 5' (as well as the ubiquitous "frist psots".) Those who come relatively late to the debate will find themselves ignored and drowned out by the deluge of mindless babble. That said it's not like Twitter was meant for actual debate but more for stream of consciousness ego stroking verbal diarrhea. In that respect it is quite successful.


Is hampered by the need to get opinions out quickly before the discussion goes cold, reducing the propensity for reflection and thoughtful discourse.

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 Tim Berners-Lee: Stop Foaming At the Mouth, Twitter
Electronic/World Wide Web>Message Posted to Online Forum/Discussion Group:  CharlyFoxtrot (1607527), (April 19, 2011), Tim Berners-Lee: Stop Foaming At the Mouth, Twitter, Slashdot, Retrieved on 2011-06-02
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