On forums and Civic-mindedness

I did something yesterday I didn't think I'd ever do. I joined an online forum about Winnipeg.

At first glance, all I found was the kind of juvenile behaviour (arche/stereo)typical of online forums in general. People sniping at each other, flame wars, hyperdefensiveness over the slightest questioning or criticism of one's point of view, you know... that sort of thing.  The sort of thing I thought I left behind when I left the Usenet.

Well, I persevered. I read through a few more articles and posts, and it dawned on me... there are actual INTELLIGENT conversations and discussions going on, and most people DO seem to care about the subjects at hand.

I may have found my element. But what does it take to become more civic-minded?

...guess I'm gonna find out...


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