banned blogs

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Just a week after read-a-banned-book day, Paul Chenoweth has an excellent post on the subject of blogrolling:

To some, evidently, a blogroll represents an endorsement, and I understand that may be the case particularly among the political party pundits. But to others, myself included, I consider my blogroll to be more of a community of conversations. I do not ask that you agree with my choices…but I do ask that you judge me by what I write instead of what I might read…Please do not judge me by the people whom I engage in conversations. Conversation does not (always) result in some sort of ideology contagion or conversion…the lack of conversation on the other hand results in ignorance and polarization. (emphasis and ellipses original)

I particularly enjoy this line: "Judge me by what I write instead of what I might read."

Just as I enjoy a good conversation with my ideological opposites, I’m sure that they don’t want to be tagged with my views just because of the rapport we may enjoy.

The last thing society needs is more rigid adherance to ideological purity.  We already don’t listen to each other enough.

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  1. joe public Says:

    Well said. My blogroll has the sole purpose of educating readers about political and electoral matters in Tennessee. Heck, I even have Stacey Campfield on the roll. And you, Bob. And I sure don’t want to be tagged with your views. ;-)

    Seriously, this mindset of sheltering oneself from opposing viewpoints, or preachin’ to the choir, can only lead to ignorance. I find it doubly valuable to read blogs with which I disagree. One, I gain insight into whether a writer is thinking, or is merely repeating talking points. Two, I often find points of agreement where I might otherwise have not known to look. Through my blogroll, which includes Left, Right, Center, and some I hesitate to peg at all, I encourage others to practice a similar method of mental/political fitness.