Blabbb Pyramid: 1.0

July 13, 2011
Blabbb Pyramid is an on-going collection of observations and discussions about techno communication etiquette. Blabbb Pyramid posts are not rules, per se, but rather recommendations for a “healthier” life on the Internet and beyond. Like the USDA did with its (now defunct) Food Pyramid (since replaced by the official Nutrition Plate in 2011), we at Blabbb are simply offering some advice to the blabbbing public. How you blabbb (and what food groups you eat) is entirely up to “you” (not “u”) …
 
After recently posting about President Obama’s “first Presidential tweet,” we consider how politics and communication converge in our techno world. Obviously, politicians will always blabbb; after all, part (if not all) of politicians’ jobs is to talk and talk and talk some more. But what about us, the blabbbing public?
 
There has always been a Cardinal rule: never discuss politics and religion in casual social settings, such as “at the dinner table” or “at a cocktail party.” Well, now with social networking sites, it’s easier than ever to communicate, and we’re practically living our daily lives “at the dinner table” or “at a cocktail party.” Do our open, modern means of communication permit us to, all of a sudden, break such a Cardinal rule and blabbb about such touchy topics as politics and religion?
 
For example, during voting season every year, our Facebook News Feeds are saturated with friends’ personal opinions about politics and religion (as the two topics often conflict with each other). Next thing you know, we’re either (a) arguing online with one another in an uncivilized, frenzied manner, (b) hiding opinionated “friends” from our News Feeds, or (c) making jokes about our friends blabbing about politics and religion.
  
So, we ask the question: Why do we blabbb online about religion and politics? We live in a diverse world, and we’re sure to be “friends” online with those that disagree with us, who are equally entitled to their own opinions. Politics and religion are two topics that people never ever universally agree on. Instead, such matters most often lead to ugly, uncivilized arguments and even violence and war. Why do we shove our opinions down each others’ Internet throats?
 
Do you blabbb about religion and politics online? Are you bothered when others do? Tell us what “you” (not “u”) think … 
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