Online discussions – pros and cons, and guidelines

Here’s an excellent little video by Greg Koukl describing how you ought (and ought not) to engage in online discussions. Koukl also spends a little time describing some of the benefits and drawbacks of these forms of communication. As I’ve made clear in Arguing with Friends and elsewhere on my blog (for instance, here), I tend to recommend that most people avoid internet dialogues and stick to chatting over coffee and pie. Simply put, the internet tends to bring out the worst in people. I have also made clear that this is far from a hard and fast rule for everybody. There are many notable exceptions. If you think you are one of those exceptions, and you should not be too quick to conclude that you are, Koukl’s advice is well worth heeding as you venture forth into the great virtual world.

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