Comment 72237

By mrjanitor (registered) | Posted December 13, 2011 at 14:43:31

mystoneycreek,

Is it better to wake people up and get the uninvolved involved at however an elemental level (rage, frustration, indignation, disbelief) or is it better to have the same players always involved but at a more noble level as you are very earnestly driving with your town hall initiative. I am in no way suggesting it is a one or the other proposition, I am saying that the lower forms of expression I am seeing more and more regarding Bratina serves to introduce people to the playing field of publicly expressed opinions. I personally found RTH only through the sputtering, stammering rage I felt over the West Harbour. The elemental anger that I expressed here and elsewhere awakened a beast that was dormant. I now have a higher level of civic consciousness, connectivity and engagement then I would have ever had before the WH backroom deals.

All I am saying is that there is a value in "anger and vitriol and sarcasm and dismissiveness" as it can serve as an initiation. I agree it's not quality discourse, it's up to those who have been engaged for a while to lead and direct towards more productive expressions of discontent.

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