Toward a Unified Movement
Although it’s wise to hesitate before giving too much weight to one exchange and one piece of writing, I’m very encouraged that my general approach to movement politics appears to have resonated with Randy Jackvony (pixellation victim):
I asked another blogger, Justin Katz of www.anchorrising.com, what he thought about political discourse over the Internet. His comments — much like his blog posts — were enlightening and made me think of the whole situation in a different way. “Since it is so open and free, there’s certainly an element of coarseness. One of the advantages that I find blogs to have is that they are somewhat immediate … people don’t spend days on end composing comments, but they are written and chronological, so readers can more easily observe how arguments are constructed.”
But if cyber political commentary is rough (as with nappylies.com), is the message more or less effective? “If a generally mild and considered commenter reacts acerbically to something in particular, the biting nature of the response has some power,” Katz wrote in an e-mail. He added, when politeness “subdues a just anger, it distorts the reality for those who derive their understanding of the situation from the public debate … as long as a group makes a conscious effort to be honest and willing to address counterarguments, a bit of acerbity is justified.”
After corresponding with Katz, I began to look at nappylies.com in a different light. While many Internet comments are posted under the protection of anonymity (which can be used as a shield by cowards unwilling or unable to defend their arguments), I’m sure the Cranston GOP would be willing to discuss these issues as much as possible.
So if they don’t overuse this tactic, the Cranston GOP may have a good tool in nappylies.com for getting its message out.