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Old 03-20-2010, 09:16 AM   #1
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The Death of FYM?

Is FYM dead?
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Old 03-20-2010, 09:44 AM   #2
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I've been wondering about that myself. Could use a reboot.

What would new and improved FYM look like?
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Old 03-20-2010, 11:17 AM   #3
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I dunno. Conservative posters that can take the heat? An expansion of scope/subject material? A new U2 album? An election? A war?
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Old 03-20-2010, 12:42 PM   #4
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I vote for war.

Who can we start one with next? I'm thinking Belgium.
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Old 03-20-2010, 12:57 PM   #5
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Interesting idea, but I'd say: One country at a time.
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Old 03-20-2010, 12:58 PM   #6
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I've tried expanding beyond the usual scope here before, but the few threads that I start sink quickly, in favour of the usual rabble.

For all of us who complain about how the 24-hour cable news cycle has cheapened and coarsened discourse, society, as a whole--and including FYM--has allowed them to dictate the agenda. Even the "cutting edge" of news media--indie media, internet blogs and whatnot--usually spend all their time running points and counterpoints to what's being stated in the television news cycle, whether conscious or otherwise.

For what it's worth, I find I have little to say that I haven't already said ad infinitum about the usual hot button issues, while my year in Canada now has, I've found, made me less interested in discussing U.S.-specific politics (although I do keep up with it as regularly as anyone else). But, really, in how many ways can one repeat the same narratives over and over again, with no resolution in sight? "Resolution," of course, is not exactly in our purview; that responsibility belongs to our elected officials and/or our respective national and international governmental bodies. The larger question, really, is why we accept nothing getting done for years and years on end. And, as a result, here we, the people, are repeating ourselves over and over again, in vain hope for resolution... I think we're talking less about "The Death of FYM" and more about the death of imagination, as a whole. The former may certainly happen as a consequence of the latter.
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The same six threads about whatever seem to be doing a roaring trade.
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The same six threads about whatever seem to be doing a roaring trade.
With the same sick six people partaking.
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I vote for war.

Who can we start one with next? I'm thinking Belgium.
If we don't put them in their place, they'll have us by the balls and increase waffle prices at their leisure. AMERICA!
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I do think that FYM has become boring. It is the same topics with the same people arguing over the same issue over and over again.

I'm not sure how to spice up. There have been some topics I wanted to post threads about, but I was concerned about them being completely derailed.
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I'm sick of the political topics. I liked the topics that MrsS would post, more "current events" type things.
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The 'moral panic of the week' type discussions (often fed by cable news I guess) do seem to poison the well after a while. Everyone's an instant expert, gets hot and bothered about the moral panic of the week, the matter is tabled for further study, and, often, if we are really really lucky, never heard of again.
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it might not be dead, but it does feel as if it's run it's course.
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Old 03-21-2010, 02:13 PM   #14
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So, do we accept new members properly? Do they have to pass a test? Are we fair and unbalanced?

Are there other angles we are missing? Cultures, backgrounds, religions, personalities that would help with the reboot?
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Not that I was ever a really active member in FYM, but I've stopped checking out the threads as often as I used to. They always seem to devolve into page after page of bickering contests between a few people. It got old really fast. It seems that people post on FYM with the intention of getting into heated arguments. Look at the titles of the top threads on the page at the moment. Its like they're designed to start an argument with 'the other side' that cant possibly reach any conclusion. And the attitude of the posters seems to change once you enter FYM. People turn mean in here really fast, whereas anywhere outside FYM, they can be really cool people (some are still assholes though ). It might help if everyone just remembers that FYM discussions dont always have to be about arguing. Post a cool science video. Post a cool religion video. Post a cool TED talk. Something that doesnt take the stance of 'we're right, they're wrong'. Sure, it probably wont be a 1000 reply thread, but would be a whole lot more interesting than what goes on in here at the moment. Just my 2¢
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