hardball wrote: So, we should be more tolerant of rabble-rousers, trolls and baiters in IP?
I guess what I'm saying is the environment in Taiwan (where people can work a few hours a day and live better than many working class locals) promotes a lifestyle where people are easily bored, have disposable income, and want entertainment. It is also part of Taiwan's charm. Forumosa, more so in the past, provided people with a hell of a lot of entertainment. It was always at its best when it didn't take itself too seriously. As we get older, we might not rabble rouse as much, but can't we still enjoy watching posters raise hell whether it's in substantive debate or cheap shot? Can't us former rabble rousers live vicariously through people still stirring the pot?
Some trolls and baiters are plain stupid. But don't you think some of the best posters have fit into this category as well? Rabble-rousers such as Broonale etc. brought a lot to this site IMHO whether it was rude mother jokes, crass political insults or astute political commentary.
I miss his mother insult posts with Comrade Stalin that provided me with so much entertainment during long work days in Taiwan. While they could hold a political debate with the best of them, they also provided lots of rude comments and cheap shots to people that were naieve and often deserved it (kinda like Deuce
). I guess my point is that Forumosa is different things to different people. If I want think tank perspectives and civil behaviour, I'll hang out with pseudo intellectuals (and often do) or college professors. I've always admired the politcal theatre in the UK....people getting really nasty in debate in the Commons and then having a beer with their opponents when they're done (at least in the old days)....sort of like rugby....hit hard and then drink together.
After a certain amount of where can I find sour cream or why my GF always sleeps so much type of threads, don't some people want entertainment/bread and circuses in IP? Some of the brightest posters also brought some of the most entertainment to the threads (while not taking themselves too seriously).