Poking Fun at Friends' Ideas Online
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 22 April 2012, Question 3
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 22 April 2012, I answered a question on poking fun at friends' ideas online.
Is poking fun at people's ideas on social media rude, offensive, or otherwise wrong? For example, is it proper to make jokes about Jesus, Obama, or environmentalism on Facebook - knowing that some of your Facebook friends are Christians, Democrats, or environmentalists? Should those people be offended? Should a person limit himself to serious arguments?
My Answer, In Brief: Facebook and other online media are like a large cocktail party with everyone talking. Don't rush around seeking out conflict, but rather seek out positive values.
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