|An idea for this group -- email forward response resource
||[Feb. 21st, 2007|09:37 am]
The Spooky Pundit Society: One Nation, Under Goth
I had a mini-brainstorm this morning, and wondered if this group would be a good place for an experiment.
My sister is as right-wing as I am left, and so I am the unhappy recipient of many an email forward that is designed to rile me up against my peers. Instead, of course, they tend to rile me up against my sister. My current method is to count to 1000 or so, then send her back an evenly written email in which I calmly dismiss her points with actual research, then follow up with a pleasant "how things are in my life" part. My goal is to be mild and loving, without backing down that I believe differently from her.
Since these emails tend to be forwards and lots of people get them, it occurred to me that it would be nice and helpful to collect "talking points" against them, when possible, to help each other address the content (if we choose to).So, we could post an email forward (under a cut, preferably, I think), and then we could comment on the parts of it -- what's true, what's misleading, what's blatantly false, and links to a Snopes page or other resources. We could even post our own responses as comments.
Does this sound useful? Or has it already been done elsewhere, to better effect?