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  •  I agree totally (14+ / 0-)

    that you CAN find a small and cozy corner of the internet, where conflict is minimal, and being offended is rare.  I've tried out some of those spots---various sites linked as the answer to the ills of this site.  

    But when I get there, I generally find that the discussion is slow, with few comments compared to here. There is a lack of the dynamics that make things interesting and challenging, and often teach me a thing or two.

    BUT THAT'S JUST ME.  I put that in caps, so as not to offend anyone who has found happiness on smaller, less challenging sites.

    I'm OK with the conflicts here, and generally know how to stay away from those places that are going to get my goat.  But, if my goat wants to be tickled, if the subject is important enough to me, I'll go there, speak my peace, and get the hell out if it gets ugly.

    "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

    by StellaRay on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 11:10:13 PM PST

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    •  You're a very sensible person. (10+ / 0-)

      I've never found it that difficult either to express my opinions and then move on.

      I also think that one's mood has a great influence on how one is able to handle different situations.  I know that sometimes when I over react internally to differences it has more to do with ME at the time than anything else, so I seldom ever engage in those instances.  The next day, things that may have irritated or upset me, don't seem nearly so dramatic when I feel better. :)  It's sort of the same as being bored or feeling that there's nothing to read here.  Of course, I like eclectic content as well as politics and human interest, so it's usually me at the time.  I always try to think of Thoreau's statement that it's not all books that are as dull as their readers in instances like that.

      More: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And if it is round, will the King's command flatten it?

      by blueoasis on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 11:25:21 PM PST

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      •  LOVE (8+ / 0-)

        the quote from Thoreau, never heard it before. And yes, I think our mood when we land here has much to do with how we react to comments.

        In the end, any comment we make or reply to, even if we're on the rec list, is history within hours, retired to the infinity of things written on the internet, now completely forgotten.

        That's a bit of humility that should calm us all down, and take the edge off our anger and any self importance we might harbor.

        "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

        by StellaRay on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 11:38:45 PM PST

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    •  I will say that when it sometimes becomes (4+ / 0-)
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      necessary to step away for a few days, Charlie Pierce is a good stand-in.  I read him daily anyway because he's a great, lively writer and I like his politics.  He has a solid core of reader-commenters and there are some pretty good ones among them.  The real difference is that it's his one voice driving the thing, which helps keep it harmonious, but also doesn't create quite the same spontaneity as here.  There is a sense of comity  among his readers, but nothing quite like the community here.  When you need a drama-free version of DKos for a few days, I highly recommend it.

      •  Thanks. I'll check it out. (2+ / 0-)
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        "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

        by StellaRay on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 06:53:13 AM PST

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      •  Pierce is brilliant; I deeply admire his range. (2+ / 0-)
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        His posts from the Inaugural weekend are especially impressive. (Here's the link to the main blog, and then one would have to backtrack a bit.)
        The commentary there is pretty limited, as you say, but then again as you note it's not intended to be the same kind of community.

        Some DKos series & groups worth your while: Black Kos, Native American Netroots, KosAbility, Monday Night Cancer Club. If you'd like to join the Motor City Kossacks, send me a Kosmail.

        by peregrine kate on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 07:20:24 PM PST

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