Originally posted by nishabee
A debate can also be a discussion and doesn't have to be
about winning or losing. Debating is fun but I think in this kind of a
forum, most people have not signed up for that purpose. You can't force
people to debate when they may just be coming here for timepass or to
get their mind off their work.
Some long intellectual threads
are just too much at the end of the day when you want to put your feet
up. Nothing is wrong with that, everyone likes to unwind in different
ways I guess. For me, it's the more light hearted stuff. I like the
bollywood forum the best, so that probably means I am superficial.
I addressed some of this in the original post of the thread. I agree that people don't come here to be intellectuals, but I think that's what creates unlikely debates.
I can debate with other people who live and breathe issues I want to discuss anytime. I can't really discuss those issues with people who are brought together in a totally random format. Most of us are in a bubble socially - we mostly interact with others who think a lot like us - and an online forum, especially one as lax and laidback as this one gives you a different arena for discussion. Most people I choose to hang out with are feminists, and they are deeply suspicious of capitalism. (Except my family, most of my family loves capitalism). I can still have interesting discussions with my friends about other things, but I can't discuss whether capitalism is a good thing with them. Most would already agree that it's not, and we would get bored trying to convince each other of something that we already believe and have thought through before.
I don't always feel like coming on here to debate. Most times I procrastinate by going to fashion websites, so I'm superficial too. But when I feel like throwing my two cents in or having a discussion with a random set of people, I come here. I am not using the word random in a derogatory way, btw, hope that's clear. I just mean by that people I don't know or who don't necessarily share common things.
Edited by --arti-- - 11 March 2013 at 10:27am