[A023] Loud ≠ Right: Share Your Opinion Without Being a Jerk

It’s important to be engaged in the process. It’s also important to avoid being a jerk.

We have reached a scary point in political discourse: repeating something loudly makes it true.

Unfortunately, just asserting something at a high volume over and over again doesn’t actually make you right. And it’s certainly not civilized discourse.

Our society and form of government rely on an educated populace whose members recognize that compromise is important. It’s also important to engage in the system and use civility when discussing different viewpoints.

Right now, we are becoming increasingly divisive, and forgetting that we’re all in this together. We might have differing ideas of how to move forward, but that doesn’t mean that we need to be enemies. The all-or-nothing approach that has been taking over politics, not to mention the demonizing of anyone who disagrees, is a plague to our system.

It’s good to share your opinion. But it doesn’t mean you have to be rude about it.

Concepts

  • Why are political discussions so fraught?
  • How social media makes it easier to share your opinion.
  • Why we are becoming less aware of others’ thoughts and ideas, even with the wealth of information at our fingertips.
  • Tips for learning to understand another person’s viewpoint.
  • How to stop seeing someone who disagrees as “stupid” or the enemy.
  • How to share your opinion politely.
  • Why local politics are so important and how you can get involved.

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Resources

NPRWhy people don’t respond to facts.
Weber ShandwickThe decline of civility in America.
CQ PressHow we cherry-pick information.

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[A023] Loud ≠ Right: Share Your Opinion Without Being a Jerk was last modified: March 3rd, 2017 by Harlan and Miranda

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