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I do not want to brainwash, but….

Posted on: 30 April 2012

While I do not like brainwashing as a means of getting people to accept ideas, occasionally repetition can be acceptable. I make that statement in defence of my occasional attempts to get people make comment of the subject of my blog rather than the subject of a blog they have read on another website.

Unfortunately this is a common occurrence. People often make a comment about all kinds of issues that have nothing to do with the blog. And while I admire peoples’ attempt to try and make issues known, when they put these issues on my site it places me in the rather invidious position of having to send them to the trash bin.

This is not to say that while other the publishers of blogs on other sites might be delighted when, regardless of their relevance to the published blog their screen fills up with comments that, in a sense, are non sequiturs. As for myself, the apothegm ’never mind the quality feel the width’ has never attracted me.

Previously, in previous short blogs on this issue I have said that in order to gauge opinion I have asked people to post comments that are either complimentary of, or contrary to, the ideas outlined in my blog. And while I know many people might be interested in Viagra, Insurance, diets, pornography and a whole range of other issue if I was seeking comment on such issues I would have made them the subject of my blog.

I feel sure that in common with me, commentators, no matter which part of the world they come from, think of the web and blogs as making a contribution to the democratic system because they help promote the value of free speech. However, to maximise the value of free speech, commentators should try to ensure as much as they can that their comments will add to that value.

And so the next time they decide to make a comment, I ask them to weigh up if what they have to say will satisfy that objective.

Don Allan


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