peeonyou wrote:not bad to be direct. can be bad in some social situations. will be bad in law school, if he doesn't learn to consider things objectively more. though, he did do well on the LSAT which would require calculated thinking so he doesn't seem to think how he communicates.
This is something that many TLSers don't understand. There is a big difference in being heard and being listened to. If your objective is to be heard, then by all means continue to be blunt and rude and not provide substantive arguments. However, if your goal is to be listened to, to positively influence the decisions people on these boards are making, then you should really fine tune
I'm not saying that people's ignorance needs to be met with smiles and rainbows, but you have to understand that very few people outside of prison respond to aggression, especially when it contradicts what they want
to believe. Often times, the way you (not just Dre but many others on TLS) present your arguments, it seems like they're coming from a place of spite or anger instead of facts and data (as we, more often than not, know them to be). If you don't have the time or energy to construct such a post, then please don't post at all.
Lastly, whether it's an online forum or a meaningful conversation, politeness and manners will never be considered out of style. Excuse my rambling, but it we want to educate people and prevent them from making poor decisions we can not and should not do so without civility.