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Gwen_Isilith OP wrote

It is true I value "thought provoking" conversations more, they interest me more but also they seem to me more scarce. I do understand the value others get from dunking and other types of conversations, especially in relation to your previous comment, but it seems to me much easier to find this dunking then to find more serious conversation. Perhaps that is my own failing though. Though it may also relate to the voting and other forms of "viralization" as you point out.

Your comment on listening is definitely insightful, the internet makes it difficult to know if one is being heard outside of direct engagement. And the fear of being wrong definitely holds one back from engagement. The idea of letting oneself be wrong has definitely inspired me to try and engage more in discourse.

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