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Thread: Blandness is evil, or why Dissensus is shit

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    does anyone have any more thoughts on this?

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    I agree that people posting up essays here doesn't aid conversation but posting a link to something larger elsewhere with a summary can be good.

    A few sentences or paras is good.

    I think pages of one line posts by the same poster (or a couple of posters) makes me think I am intruding on a private convo or monologue.

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    what i learned from spending so many years working in coffee shops as a kind of professional conversationalist is that conversation is like a kind of bouncing ball. the aim is to keep it moving. to generate momentum. you live in terror of it colliding against a soft surface and dropping lifelessly to the floor. youre trying to shift angles and trajectories etc youre trying to vary the pace

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    you try to keep everyone on their toes as that's when they are fully engaged and alert. you dont want predictable returns because it allows automatic responses to kick in. the conversation becomes rote and mechanical.

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    i usually have a very strong aversion to people posting other peoples essays etc because it feels like outsourcing your thinking. it feels like a way to avoid taking ownership of your own thoughts and feelings and responses. and it feels like an appeal to authority. a way of saying dont mess with me or my big brother will beat you up.

    none of us are particularly bright but i dont think that should stop us from thinking for ourselves anymore than being a bit shit at football should stop you kicking a ball about in the park. the process of doing it for yourself, even if it seems redundant, as its been done better before, by someone else, is healthy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    it's to do with my belief in flows and blockages. sometimes it would be better if i let the pressure build up before posting. to build up a head of steam as it were. so the argument has more heft.
    on the other hand, mental constipation can also lead to a hefty pile of crap.

    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    i can also see that for people in other time zones etc who arent following the discussion in real time it can be like coming across the transcript of a pub debate the day after it happened. that it has a 'you had to be there' quality which doesnt always translate.

    without the energy of the moment there's not always much left.
    this is sometimes an issue for me, but usually not a huge problem.

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    Also can we stop pretending reinviting Zhao will make this board better? Jesus christ you actually start getting non-white members on this board under the age of 30 and you want the guy who thought he had a pass to throw around the n-word because he was Asian back.

    Mixed fucking priorities.

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    Never mind the inane faux-allyism so he could get disgusting anti-semitic jokes out of his subconscious to prove he was smarter than anyone.

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    When did either of those things happen (genuine question) - I don't remember either, but then there are so many threads on here that I've never read

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    zhao was annoying and one note but luckily hes not the candyman and saying his name wont make him come back in any case.
    people shouting at each other might be preferable to blandness but it's not the ideal we're groping towards.

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    It's not fair or reflective of the truth to dismiss him as annoying and one note - whether or not you agreed with him (and Lord knows I had enough arguments with him myself), he made the forum more interesting as he was genuine with his point of view. I know for a fact Mr Tea misses him too, but is too bashful to admit it.

    I can't remember what happened near the end of his stay at Dissensus, and I'm sure it wasn't pleasant, but given recent arguments here as well as all the historical ones, that's not unique. Anyways, I have no wish to set up myself up as his defender, but completely writing off the lengthy contributions of people who aren't here any more isn't the ideal we're looking for either.

    Obviously the racist stuff Crowley highlights would change my benign view, but I'll wait til I've read through the links to comment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by baboon2004 View Post
    I know for a fact Mr Tea misses him too, but is too bashful to admit it.
    Lol. You're kind of right actually - I mean, I know luka is consciously trying to wind me up most of the time we clash, but zhao was so painfully earnest about EVERYTHING.

    Regarding anti-Semitism, he was one of these people whose "anti-Zionism" is just so out-there it was hard to read as anything but anti-Semitic on some occasions, I think. I don't recall him using the n-word but to be honest it wouldn't entirely surprise me.

    Edit: to be clear, the clashes were unpleasant and wearying much more often than they were entertaining or interesting, so no, I don't think we need him back. Although as luka says, it's not like he's going to reappear because we mentioned him.

    Scott was great though, and I never saw him exchange a cross word with anyone so no idea why he buggered off. The beer chat has died completely since his absence.
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    scott probably just got bored. i hardly ever see him even on facebook or twitter any more.
    maybe im being uncharitable towards zhao but as tea says it just got exhausting. so shrill. and so repetitive.

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    last time I was down in London I met up with Scottie and we got extremely drunk.

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