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Forum Post: The pitfalls of divisive interaction

Posted 2 years ago on Feb. 23, 2012, 12:09 a.m. EST by richardkentgates (3269)
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What is divisive interaction?


http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/divisive

Definition of DIVISIVE

: creating disunity or dissension <a divisive issue>

— di·vi·sive·ly adverb — di·vi·sive·ness noun


http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/divisive

Adjective divisive (comparative more divisive, superlative most divisive) Having a quality that divides or separates Rather than fostering unity, he becomes divisive.


Why does it matter?


It matters because it is a large part of why this forum is so slow right now.

It matters because divisiveness makes Occupy and anyone supporting it look as bad as you do when you take part in it.

It matters because you could be running off and thinning down the number of Occupy supporters.


What does it take to be divisive?


Buying into any thread or comment where arbitrary information has been added to the argument but is not in fact information relevant to the issue.

Examples

If it weren't for the Republicans....

The newest attack on women's rights by the conservatives...

The Jews are running the whole thing...


Even if you feel you are defending against said idea or arguing against it, your argument may be misread by someone from the opposing end of that argument and see you as the troll. By the way, disagreement or party affiliation does not make someone a troll. This may and should sound elementary to some of you, but I'm saying it because apparently it isn't so obvious to everyone.


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