Has MyLot Become Too Political?

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
June 12, 2009 1:55pm CST
I can't speak for anyone else, but I am sick and tired of all the political BS here on myLot.When I first came here myLot was a nice forum that consisted of discussions about various aspects of our lives -things of interest. It seems to me that the site has deteriorated into a political battleground that only serves to engender hatred and ill will among the members based upon their political affiliations. I see otherwise reasonable, level-headed people morph into ferocious, hate-spewing maniacs simply because of politics. Maybe we should all take stock and search our own hearts to know if we truly want to head in the direction we are heading. All of this political in-fighting needs to be squelched, and a return to common sense is much needed. You might disagree with me, but this is my opinion.
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@trose7 (243)
• United States
13 Jun 09
I haven't seen any political fighting, but I enjoy debating politics.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
13 Jun 09
Well. stick around, trose!
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@trose7 (243)
• United States
13 Jun 09
Don't worry, I will.
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@hotsummer (12923)
• Philippines
12 Jun 09
being from an asian country, it is welcome thing for me to have this political discussion about obama. i don't get to hear this kind of news from our local news and even watching CNN and fox news. cause i never get to watch them every day. and even if i do watch them i could not watch all the news being presented. and i think that talking about them here give me lots of information and even small details have been discussed here which i will not be able to hear from news that often. cause you are from US countries i think that you know full well the news and you get to read all the news in every detail. you get to read or watch the news in real time while here we get them delayed some hours or even a day. So discussion here about obama and the things that he do in the white house and abroad makes me surprise and also knowledgeable of what is happening in the world. i am not left alone in ignorance.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
13 Jun 09
I think it's great that you are gaining access to information that you desire, hotsummer, but I caution you to remember that many of the things you read here on myLot are just one person's opinion. Therefore, everything is not to be taken literally since much of it is biased.
@Maggiepie (7816)
• United States
14 Jun 09
[b]Hotsummer, I agree. I'm fine with folks who want to talk on any subject. Sometimes the "controversial" ones yield the most interesting threads--regardless of whether one agrees with the posters. I say let those who don't want to read about given topic can always skip it. Don't try to guilt those of us who like (for example) politics or religion (2 of MY favorites) into being silent. If someone gets angry, so what? They can always get off & cool down, or find a way to email the one with whom they are angry off the blog, & tell them how they feel. Free speech means EVERYONE has the right to say what they will, short of libelous & untrue things. I always check my facts before I give any opinion, to be sure I don't mislead anyone. I'm glad you have this source of info. It's good to check as many sources as you can, though, especially when discussing politics, as some people lie like sailors on leave to boost their candidate or ideology! Maggiepie[/b]
@hotsummer (12923)
• Philippines
14 Jun 09
most of the topics i read here about politics have links in it to the source of the news . i read the news also from the link given and compare that to the content of the discussion . I make sure i am not getting false information or just any person bias opinion on the topics. I want fair and balance discussion and i weigh the responses on the discussions.
• United States
12 Jun 09
I agree what there are certain members that take the policital arena to serious. I tend to stay away from responding to those discussion although i read them. We all do need to calm down a bit. Its fine in people want to start policital discussion but sometimes it does become to emotional and personal. Its cool to share and opinion for or against something but try to be atleast respectfull when you do it.
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@GardenGerty (143712)
• United States
13 Jun 09
I think the problem comes when people become angry about an opinion in a controversial discussion and carry their feelings over to discussions that have nothing to do with the controversy. For instance, if someone disliked one of my statements about my faith and belief and so when I post about travel they down rate it, or say angry things there and generally take out their spite on all of my material.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
13 Jun 09
I know for a fact, renemouche, of a couple of members here who never discuss any other topic but the same thing over and over again. I really don't think that that is what this forum is about. When I came to myLot years ago I found many topics being discussed that were informative, helpful, homey, or downright hilarious. It was a much better place then.
@Citychic (4068)
• United States
12 Jun 09
has mylot become too political? Hi Worldwise1, I agree with you that there does seem to be quite a few folks here that want to show how wise they are by talking politics. Most people with common sense knows that politics, race and religion are all subjects that tend to be controversial so it's best to not even get involved when you see folks going in that direction. I say let them have their little fun then they will come back down to earth where all the real folks are. Thanks for posting. Happy mylot!
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
13 Jun 09
I've decided, Citychic, to no longer participate in those kinds of controversial discussions because they only serve to create strife and lead to hard feelings among the members of this forum. We can all work to make things better here on myLot.
@Citychic (4068)
• United States
13 Jun 09
Hey Worldwise1, thanks for your response, I happen to agree with you and I think that it's a very good decision that you've made not to participate in political discussions here at mylot. Other than Speaking up for our president I'm not going to participate either. But when somebody tries to say bad things about the president and his family I sort of feel like that person is trying to attack our country and all that it stands for. While I"m not here to argue with anyone over their beliefs I will voice my opinion and let them know that it's not right. Have a nice weekend my friend.
@BlueGoblin (1831)
• United States
13 Jun 09
You can just remove the political section from your interests or just ignore discussions about politics.
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@Maggiepie (7816)
• United States
14 Jun 09
[b]Ah. WHY do they call it "common" sense? Glad to see you have it, Blue. Few here seem to. I'm very sensitive about being told to keep my talk of certain subjects out of MyBot, as some here have suggested. I'm sick of the growing censorship in our country! "What censorship?" someone is bound to ask.... Well, think on this, if you haven't heard of it happening, you have a clue right there that certain things (the TOPIC of censorship itself, in other words) are going on of which you are ignorant! Educate yourself. Maggiepie[/b]
@kerriannc (4280)
• Jamaica
12 Jun 09
Politics and Religion is an Interest and it is there for those who want to participate in it. I have no problem with persons who want to do their thing. The problem I have is that when someone give their views then he/she will be victimized and this is what need to be stop. Basically some of the discussions here on MYLOT are crap and this was the reason I had stopped coming here and the hatred was too high and discouraging. Since being back I have noticed that there is a calm here. We need to understand that everyone has their views and even if we don't like it, it doesn't mean that we should abuse them with the buttons.
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@gabs8513 (48702)
• United Kingdom
12 Jun 09
I agree with you but when we do it gets deleted so there really is no point trying anymore, it is ok to say don't let them win but how long have we tried and nothing is being done, it is so sad I used to love this Site but it is no fun anymore
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
13 Jun 09
It all starts with each of us, gabs. If we really want to change things we have to start with ourselves. I have made myself a promise to steer clear of posts dealing with certain hot-button issues that are causing so much discord. I intend to post discussions that are informative, newsworthy, or very un-serious starting now.
@smn1022 (45)
• United States
13 Jun 09
i thought that's what the search function is for... if you really wanna discuss something you're interested in. you look for it. i just ignore the political stuff if it's not to my liking.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
13 Jun 09
This is not about deliberately seeking out the political discussions, smn. I have many friends who are interested in politics. Should I avoid all of their posts?
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@Maggiepie (7816)
• United States
14 Jun 09
[b]Worldwise: YES. You say you dislike politics, so why go looking for posts about politics, whether posted by pals or strangers? Do your pals ever discuss anything else? Then go find THOSE topics, & chill out. Maggiepie[/b]
@jdyrj777 (6538)
• United States
13 Jun 09
I havent really noticed alot of political disscussions here. I do however see a lot of repeditive in earning online and such like that. There are plenty to choose from in alot of topics.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
13 Jun 09
Lucky you!
@jdyrj777 (6538)
• United States
13 Jun 09
??? You have the same choices as we all do here.
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@MsTickle (25192)
• Australia
19 Jun 09
Oh dear ww, how unhappy for you. I don't see any of this...possibly because I'm not American or more likely because I don't have an American political affiliation. I rarely visit that area of interest too. Only a couple of my friends are politically minded and I skip their discussions. Why don't you try skipping them too, as I say, those aspects are not visible throughout the site.
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@rebelann (97464)
• El Paso, Texas
18 Feb 21
Just ignoring those kinds of posts can keep me sane.
@coolcoder (2019)
• United States
17 Jun 09
Ehh...I don't know. I enjoy a healthy political debate now and then, as long as it doesn't deteriorate into all-out hatred, from which comes unnecessary drama. I have my beliefs, and I try to speak them with as much charity as I can, though sometimes I get so passionate that I tend to go overboard quite a bit. Then again, there's the old saying that there are two things you shouldn't discuss with other people unless you know for a fact that they believe the same way as you, and those things are religion and politics. I guess if you're in doubt about whether other people are like-minded, then you shouldn't broach the subject at all. Happy MyLotting!
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@rebelann (97464)
• El Paso, Texas
18 Feb 21
My dad would say that same thing.
• Netherlands
17 Jun 09
I agree that usually when people speak of politics...and religion as well, they can tend to get very nasty which is exactly the reason that I do not waste my time reading or responding to discussions about either topic. I have better things to do with my time than to sit around and argue a non-winnable argument!
@rebelann (97464)
• El Paso, Texas
18 Feb 21
I do the same thing.
@Randync (544)
• United States
15 Jun 09
I think it's fairly simple. If you don't want to read political posts, then don't read them. Squelcing people's opinions on a website like this, just because you don't like them is censorship and your desire to do so, is part of the problem with the world today.
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@rebelann (97464)
• El Paso, Texas
18 Feb 21
I have to agree with you.
• Kottayam, India
14 Jun 09
Please remember that This site is for expressing our opinions, whether you accept it or not. Somebody will be there to hear and respond.There is no inhibition at my Lot express yourself. That is why I am here Happy My Lotting
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@rebelann (97464)
• El Paso, Texas
18 Feb 21
Well, yes, as long as we follow the guidelines.
@carolscash (9495)
• United States
14 Jun 09
I have the choice here to pick and choose what I read and what I respond to as everyone else does. I find that if I read a discussion and it is something that is attacking something politically or religiously then I just don't respond to it and I go on. There are some people who take their choice of political leader and their religion very seriously and that makes them seem hot-headed about things at times. I don't mind that they have their own opinion and that they are willing to share it, but that doesn't mean that I have to read and respond to it. If we want different discussions on here that are fun, then we need to make sure that we are starting some. This is a fun site and I enjoy the time that I am here.
@Randync (544)
• United States
15 Jun 09
Well said.
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@connierebel (1561)
• United States
13 Jun 09
Everybody has their own opinions, of course, but if you don't like the political discussions, no one is forcing you to read them. Politics is always a very volatile subject. I personally have found many good political discussions here. It shows that some people at least can think for themselves about the situations in the country today, instead of just believing everything that is spoonfed to them by the media. Also, democracy is based on discussions, not just one person forming all the opinions for everyone else.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
13 Jun 09
And what, connierebel? What exactly are you trying to say here? I didn't need you to point any of this out to me since I am intelligent enough to figure that out myself. I shouldn't have to fear participating in any discussion on this forum, and I do so in support of my friends.
@tundeemma (895)
• South Africa
13 Jun 09
i think people are still being conscious of the recent political tensions being generated all over the world, the issue of politics on mylot will naturally fizzle out especially when the political tension all over the world subsides. This is the era of economic recession and everyone wants to know what the government of his or her country is doing towards eradicating the problem
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
13 Jun 09
If it wer only that simple, tundeemma! Talking politics is one of our national pastimes. The topic is about as common as the weather.
@o0jopak0o (6398)
• Philippines
13 Jun 09
well my first post is about the response of the government to an epidemic and have been bashed by it. Don't know if some people here don't want opinions on a topic
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
13 Jun 09
You have the right to voice your opinion on any given subject, o0jo, but there will always be someone waiting to bash you.
@sid556 (30980)
• United States
13 Jun 09
There have always been the battles here because of politics, abortion, religion, gay rights. I've been here two years now and none of that has changed. You notice it more if you venture into these types of discussions. They always seem to get heated. I don't mind it....in fact I love a good debate. If i find myself getting too worked up...I can easily back off and go to the safer discussions. I actually think our differences...even tho they can get ugly at times...are exactly what makes this an interesting place to be. How boring if we were all the same. Some get a bit out of control but those ones usually don't last long here. It's kind of like a family and we aren't the waltons for sure.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
13 Jun 09
I also like a good debate, sid, but not when it leads to members being forced off of myLot or causing their ratings to drop. There are some pretty vicious people on here who are not above hurting their fellow members in any way they can.
@bdugas (3580)
• United States
13 Jun 09
Everyone has a right in this world to voice their opinion. Of course it will not make many happy so they are going to voice theirs back. Which in turn brings on a reply and it goes on from their. I assume politics is just another topic as is cooking or life on here. If you don't like the political topic I can see staying away from it. I don't think people have reacted to this topic more than they are right now. Things are bad and we put a man in office (not me) but others and we expected him to perform a miracle. One that he can't possibly do. I don't think that we are heading into any thing that is caused by the political topic on here, but by the circumstances we are now faced with every day. I agree that some carry it way to far on here, and still fighting the election, when it is over. Some don't like him to the point of posting many times a day anything that they can find to post about him, not much of it good, seems some are obsessed and will never stop. Getting hot headed n here does no good and really shows that you are over the edge. I think we should all step back and look at how we feel and try not to be so hot when someone does not agree with our views, fighting on here gets you no where, whether it politics or cooking, just makes you look bad.
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