Originally posted by B.Morrison
perhaps this is just the time of year people decide to watch "network" again?
well, the summer vacation for kiddies is drawing to an end. most school aged kids are back in school, and it is .... back to adult swim, so to
not that the younger ones don't have anything to offer us on ATS. i mean, they do have access to a routine where education is a priority. not
survival or how to balance the family budget and so on.
i've been giving the "frustration" some thought.
we are engineered genetically to rely on all of our senses when we are having a conversation with eachother.
when we communicate our subconscious minds provide us with "gut" feelings about many aspects of sharing a dialogue, private or in a group
i've been "spoken" to in ways here on ATS that no one has spoken to me in person since... junior high. either that or my imagination takes
something out of context, or in a way the sender did not intend.
we rely on body language for input when we communicate.
we rely on facial expressions for input when we communicate.
we rely on tone of voice when we communicate.
we rely on eye contact when we communicate.
yet, we relinquish these things here on ATS, and still people accuse others of "ego" related issues. look up the definition of "ego" and tell me
which part of it is bad, please.
it is easier to misinterpret emotions when on a message board. we don't utilize the usual mediums of communication that we have relied upon for
generations, and then some.
and frustration leads to aggravation, ie anger.
some ATSers assume the worst of others. few assume the best of others.
but, this pattern is changing, imo.
even when we look at a member's profile page, not everyone leaves alot of information to go off of when trying to gauge who it is we are talking
am i talking with someone who is a young single mother of two?
am i talking with someone who is a 64 yr old war vet?
am i talking with someone who is developmentally disabled?
no, these things do not always matter, but i can use military jargon with a 64 year old vet that a young single mother of two may know what it
even professions have their own terminology and jargon, practically their own languages. So, even those ATSers who have knowledge specific to an
issue can only share said knowledge by utilizing words that are not even found in Webster. here again lies a causality of angry posts, sometimes.
these are some of the thoughts i had, and thought i would share.
ATS can be, and should be fun & informative.
but the only thing we are permitted to know about our target audience when authoring a thread is what the members are willing to share.
want to know how much a member is willing to share with you?
want to know how much a member trusts their fellow members?
look at their profile. do they share their birthday? do they share their likes? do they share their dislikes?
if not, that is ok. there are still methods of knowing stuff about a member.
it is possible to have a passionate conversation in an intellectual advisarial manner without having to be enemies.
all a disagreement means in one thread is that you disagreed with someone on a topic IN ONE THREAD!
[edit on 17-8-2010 by Esoteric Teacher]