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Thread #109916   Message #2307609
Posted By: GUEST,Tom Bliss
05-Apr-08 - 01:56 PM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
I don't like to hear strong characters assuming everyone else is as thick-skinned as they are. Some of the posts on this thread have been nothing short of bullying.

It can be very unpleasant to be flamed on a web forum, specially if you are new, and there's really no excuse for it.

Apart from the bad public image we present at these times, which does none of our interests any favours, the nastiness holds back debate, because people with new ideas don't feel able to contribute, while those with the entrenched views we're trying to work round indulge themselves getting buzz out of their vicarious conflict.

It's not healthy.

And at a time when this wonderful music and culture and community is at something of a crossroads, with a declining a club culture, but a flourishing festival scene, problems in funding, licensing laws and pubs, but new young musicians and retiring baby-boomers entering the scene, and massive but puzzling opportunities presented by new technology - in short a fascinating time, it is SUCH a shame that a few individuals being so many debates down to the same old vindictive slanging match.

We have things to sort out, people.

Tom