reply to post by Kingalbrect79
Well again, useful wasn't the most appropriate word for my thought.
Beneficial seems to be the word I should have chosen. 99.7% of the stuff on these forums is utter drivel.
I think that the dialogues in the Social Unrest forums are some of the most informative I've ever read.
Not because there is any discussion of merit, but because they are a perfect microcosm of how the people of the USA think, and react, and react some
more and then react again.
You can read a single discussion and see the unfolding of several types of process happening. Most of them being a chain reaction or lock and dam
system of denial.
I can see unguided formative logic paths happening in a discussion where people have brought an opinion to bear directly on a subject, but they don't
know why they have that opinion. It's a parrot response, and then they get challenged. And they scramble to fabricate and "link justify" their way
through an argument that they seem very passionate about, when in reality the argument, and the subject mean almost nothing to them.
The reason they argue is because there was a challenge. It doesn't matter if the challenge made any more sense than their opinion. That's not the
point. The point is that they know they are right. Why they are right is not important either. Just that they are right.
So then they have a cascade of mostly ill formed and causal interpretations of obscure sentences in questionably sourced material that it'self isn't
properly sourced, but because there is written text put up by someone somewhere, they now have the Armor they need in their battle for what is right.
Which is, them being right.
It is fascinating to me. And it has real potential as a teaching paradigm in my humble opinion. One thing I've always believed is that it is very
difficult to teach someone how to think, if you don't already know how they think.
Looking at these forums, it is becoming obvious to me that there is a way to use the type of argument that is most common in these forums to formulate
a new learning path. Not a truly new path. It looks like it will be a kind of dirty street version the Laurillards Theoretical Conversational
Yes. This makes me feel fancy! very fancy!