- Dec 17, 2018
Definitely, I've certainly been in that position at times. I was mostly commenting on the exact phrasing getting super common in certain internet circles, which definitely sucks because it does make it hard to have a more nuanced discussion about how much contrarianism is desirable and how we make room for all kinds of viewpoints. But at the same time we don't want to give too much of a platform for shittiness and this defense is so often mounted in bad faith that I think a lot of us just have a bad taste in our mouths at this point. I think ERA in general does a pretty good job compared to other places at walking the tightrope on this one, most people are perfectly happy to listen to a viewpoint as long as it's expressed in a way that's not in bad faith or actively trying to hurt someone's feelingsThis is absolutely a concern, but I don't think it's grounds for throwing the whole effort out the window. It's an individual effort, and part of the process is determining that. One thing I can say is that it sucks to be on the "wrong side" of an argument and be dismissed preemptively because someone has already full painted a picture of you (incorrectly). I'm sure everybody can relate to that to some capacity.