Philly wrote:Ok, so for clarification, a lot of tension came from previous comments I've made that Boomers are a very narcissistic generation. Obviously that doesn't mean it applies to every individual, but I'm describing how I see the character of the generation as a whole. It would be like saying millennials are very computer literate. No one would argue with that statement yet I'm sure you cold find examples of millennials who aren't good with technology every once in a while. So is what I said ok?
Oh yes, being very computer literate is saying exactly the same thing as your insult. I see it all now.
If someone starts a thread similar to Philly's example, it's easy for a boomer to post a link to an op-ed claiming that millenials are narcissistic. Now we step into the grey area that the thread turns into a bashfest.
I'll use B for boomers and M for millenials.
M: (provides link from a millenial) "Boomers are narcissistic" and goes on to elaborate the merits of the article. However (as your example Philly) they try to clarify it doesn't apply to all boomers but only boomers as a generation.
B: (provides link from a boomer as a follow-up post) "Millenials are narcissistic" and goes on to elaborate the merits of the article. However they also try to clarify it doesn't apply to all millenials but only millenials as a generation.
M and B start arguing back and forth and it goes downhill from there. Pretty soon, by the 3rd, 4th or 5th page it is nothing but a bashfest where each side is purely on the defensive (their side) and the counter attacks (against the other side).
Eventually a mod/admin locks the thread.
See where I am going here?
TBH, I seriously doubt any thread that encompasses an entire demographic (a generation) but giving an attempt to establish it isn't based on individuals will lead to constructive civil debate. But we decided to go forward and watch and see.
Another example that I've seen in the past (not necessarily on our site) is the argument about black crime and almost every time it turns into a bashfest with constant accusations of racism. I don't need to show you examples, it happens all the time.
Both uebermann and I realize it's a tricky situation to allow threads/posts discussing an entire demographic but we decided to allow it to happen as long as it doesn't go downhill fast. It's up to all of you to live up to our expectations and continue to have the freedom on here to do so.