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January 22nd, 2003

Just Like Me

A few days ago, I started actively reading Tinotopia, which I found through Ryan’s other little “side project” Internet website. And I found Tinotopia to be quite good.

Of course, I realized why it was so good: Tino’s opinions were very similar to my own, and he was simply expounding on things. That’s all. I read through a fair number of his entries and agreed on a lot of them. The ones I disagreed with, I skipped.

But that got me to wondering something. How many blogs, magazines, and books do I read offering a different opinion than my own? The answer is, “Not many, if any at all.” Everything I can think of is in line with my thought patterns. It’s hard for me to fathom liking George W. Bush, for instance. But there are people who do, and chances are fair that they’re in print or on the web.

I guess part of it is just human nature, and wanting one’s opinions to be validated. Do you read anything that differs greatly from your personal viewpoint?

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Monica
DATE: Wednesday January 22, 2003 -- 2:00:33 pm
Look up and I don't get riled up easily, but reading through that stuff I had to force myself to breathe calmly. 1. it's extremely unprofessional to use words like "silly" to describe anything, not to mention the NYT. 2. "Climate models are wrong". Define wrong. Ugh. 3. Whoever that ignoramous was who said that he doesn't understand about CFCs damaging the ozone layer, because they're too heavy to get up high enough to do damage. That says enough about what kind of crowd these people are catering to. People who don't care to find the real answers, who don't care about being accurate or precise... or being careful or logical... I'll stop.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Thursday January 23, 2003 -- 12:12:50 am
I tend to read regularly things that aren't exactly from my point of view or belief system. I also enjoy supporting the idea of a 3rd party candidate getting a significant percentage of votes in any race, so I will vote for them even if they are from a completely different stance as mine.

FROM: Robben
DATE: Thursday January 23, 2003 -- 7:45:29 am
I tend to read opposing viewpoints on a regular basis. Aside from the sometimes humorous angle - ie. a serious comment but way off-base and missing the point - the views can show another side of an argument and can challenge my own opinion, or reinforce it deeper.

Matt - have you ever wished for an extra box on a ballot: 'None of the above'? It's one of the few multiple choice questions I've seen where, if the correct answer isn't offered up, this is an option.

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