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Mike Colera


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Why is there so much vitriol expressed by TED contributors in conversations on contentious subjects?

I have been a contributor to many conversations. I am opinionated,and I freely express those opinions. I even try to add some facts to support my opinions. Or, at least some logical rational.
Why are so many comments laced with words and phrases like "Stupid, Idiot, unschooled, bible thumping redneck, and many I won't repeat here. Some rise to the level of threat to do bodily harm and death wishes. I know there are subjects that raise passion. I know that in a rage, words are typed. OK! However, there is a delete key and an opportunity to read your words before you hit submit. Been there, done that.
Still, these words and phrases continue to show up. I don't know why.
It's rude, uncivilized and worse, name calling has never strengthen an argument.
Can anyone explain why this happens and why it should be accepted?

PS. I know there is a process where we can ask the TED system to review and delete improper comments, I haven't done that because no one else seems disturbed. Am I wrong to question such comments?


Closing Statement from Mike Colera

I came to a conclusion yesterday as I thought about all that had transpired in this conversation. I expressed my appreciation to all the participants. As I give it more thought, many comments were similar to my conclusions that vile name calling was an uncalled for comment. A few suggested that when ... you play with fiery topics, you get burned. I understand great passion and excitement but I was not comfortable with those comments.
Thanks to all participants again.

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      Jun 10 2013: I know what classic means. What is transference?
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          Jun 10 2013: Yes Chris, sometimes I find it more helpful to have something explained from someone who can give an explanation that is associated with real life case in point.

          It reminds me of a game we sometimes played in College. While stereotyping people is considered a bad thing (I believe TED takes points away when you use the words bad or good), It can be used to help us get a picture of how others may perceive us?
          If you wanted to describe me, based on my comments in this forum, by giving me the name of a character image that comes to mind, who would that character be?

          You first.

          To help those who may find this tough, what you need to do, if you haven't engaged that person very much, just click on their name and read some of their comments. to others. Of course if you have engaged with a person for a long time, you won't have any problem.

          You may ask, why do you have an avatar of a thinking monkey? The answer is: I don't really know but I feel it personifies me in some way.

          Of course if you find this dull or boring or silly, you don't have to answer.

          So what character image comes to mind when you read my comments? Also, another question, how old do you feel inside? If I had to put an age on my mind, I'd say around 19 or 20.
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          Jun 10 2013: "If they don't have one, welcome to TED"

          Too funny Chris.
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          Jun 10 2013: Viggo Mortensen, with a religious flair. He marked the statement: "...when I want your opinion, I'll give it to you." from one of your and LaMar's exchanges.

          Ageless is cool. At what age do you consider you became a whole man, free of your teenage years?
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