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Frank Rothstein

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Get a thicker skin.

It just seems that whenever I turn on the news or read an article someone is highly offended by a comment made. Our acces to every last word has expanded and our sense of humor has waned.

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    Jul 8 2013: Hi all,

    Just a reminder that discussions on TED Conversations need to stay civil and constructive; this is not the place for personal insults or jibes. As this discussion is on the topic of taking offense, some digressions from our usual community standards are to be expected... but we still expect participants to treat each other with respect.

    Many thanks,

    Aja Bogdanoff
    TED Conversations Team
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      Jul 8 2013: Hello to TED Staff...
      Franks's point was that we have lost our sense of humor and take ourselves way to serious. Which I am beginning to think he has a point. Maybe we need to add a little emoticon onto each remarks section like a happy face if we are having fun and a sad face if we are angry.... that way we don't have to use some of these rather pointed comments.... just an idea.
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        Jul 8 2013: A little oomph never hurts.
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        Jul 8 2013: There is this "Poe's law" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe%27s_law saying

        "Without a blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of extremism or fundamentalism that someone won't mistake for the real thing."

        Sometimes, even 3 smileys aren't enough to convey sarcasm. And even with the smileys, it may still be annoying. This is why I'm not as big of a fan of sarcasm as I used to be.
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      Jul 8 2013: We are. I have not seen, nor would I tolerate otherwise. If a little heat enters a debate that is healthy too. TED, a little leg stretching is good for everyone. Believe me, this topic is a good one.

      Better yet, rather than control the topic why not weigh in. Tell what you think Aja.

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