Comment 63610

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted May 17, 2011 at 11:52:38 in reply to Comment 63608

And I, too, agree. Academic banter doesn't win any points with most people, and that's why it's important to be able to speak without polysyllabic jargon. The measure of someone who speaks in jargon, in my experience, is their ability to convey the same ideas without that jargon.

I've been to more public meetings than I can count. As a rule, they're painful. It takes time, patience, and lot of humility. Functioning democratically is a skill, and it needs to be learned and practised. One town hall meeting would likely be loud and unproductive. But after a few, people would begin to get their bearings (participants and organizers).

Most people aren't used to their input being valued. Nor are most people used to having to take others viewpoints into account. We're used to taking orders, and that takes time to change. But what better reason is there to start sooner rather than later?

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