Wednesday, March 5, 2008

REVISITING BLOGGING

SOMETHING MORE FOCUSED AND NOT SO EVERYDAY

Blogging has many purposes - it can be a basic informational blog which provides a lot of important community information, such as BATB (sad the Herald cannot do the same), some blogs try and find a nitche (legal) Valley News and Gossip, some in an artful way attempt to raise our awareness to the author's concerns. El Rocinante may be viewed as obscene by many, but what I find more obscene is the people's silence to so many of the concerns raised by El Rocinante. I am wierd that way - I find a child dying from an infected tooth to be more obscene than a talking penis.

I will be imposing rules with the intent of promoting the purpose of the new Brownsville Voice. I find that which upsets people most is asking questions which force them to face an unfortunate truth. I hope to ask a lot of such questions. What I find interesting about people is, they assume because the answer forces them to face an unfortunate truth, then their position automatically becomes untenable. If people can simply face the unfortunate truths about their candidates or policy positions they can better address the weaknesses of their candidate or policy and make them/it better. This is why real discourse serves the needs of the community.

So along these lines I will censor comments which are cheap shots, unless they come from me, defamatory, or simply a distraction from the issue. The goal is discourse not endless, but "you're ugly so your opinion is stupid," which may be true, but nonetheless fails to address the issue.

Things which will promote the discourse are: your facts are wrong here are the correct facts. Even assuming your facts are correct your analysis is wrong because - I agree with your analysis of the facts, but what is the big deal - this is actually good. You get the idea - each of these will tend to extend the discussion. The more directions the better, as far as I am concerned.

Be aware - I may put out an argument I think is stupid or wrong - but I will be doing it to stimulate discussion. Discussion promotes thinking - I am convinced if we think we can begin to approach solutions to our common problems.

7 comments:

Unknown said...

Glad to see you back. You've been missed.

challengertx said...

Lets take a break from elections for just a bit. If you need a question to ask, please ask our city officials why they didn't hire an engineer to oversee the public works department. there had been some talk about hiring "the qualified" during the elections. Then, David Ivory, the Public Works Director abruptly left the city. Instead of advertising around the state, or trying to recruit a qualified valleyite, they simply gave the position to a local home builder (or so I have heard). Once the question is asked, then our illustrious leaders can face the sad truth, that the city will continue to flounder (at least infrastructurewise) until the commission gets the mindset that to be successful, you surround yourself with those who are smarter than yourselves...oh, wait, nevermind...

BobbyWC said...

challengertx, I was surprised to see people had posted through - I need to put on the approval block. This is too funny. I had just posted my second post and started to proof this one again when I saw two posts. I was reading yours when my source on Santana Torres called - I was laughing so hard.

There will be more to come. I am looking into the qualifications of several other new hires in the city.

Bobby WC

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Anonymous said...

how about that bus employee that got busted for fraud??

Anonymous said...

how about that bus employee that got busted for fraud??

WHAT ABOUT HIM/HER?
INQUIRING MIND WANTS 2KNOW!

Anonymous said...

it was buried in the brownsville herald yesterday or the day before. alleged medicaid fraud by a company he was part owner of in houston.