Today I’m starting an experiment. In a recent post following the election, I had stated my opinion that “our nation is divided far more than I had imagined — more than almost anyone imagined. Yet this process has inspired me to do more, to be more active in our communities, to be better. A divide this great is simply not tolerable. A deep distrust of our institutions, our authorities, our journalists, and ourselves, is just unacceptable.”
As powerful as Facebook is, I think most can agree that it’s an echo-chamber. Our social networks tend to reflect our own beliefs, attracting like minded friends and contacts from our own social graphs. I’ve blocked some people along the way when I felt that their comments were too abrasive — and I’m sure that many have blocked or muted me along the way, too.
Moving forward, all of my “opinion/editorial” posts (past and future) will be public. I don’t plan to flood my feed or yours with opinions but I do want to see what happens when those thoughts are open to all. I assume that comments may be wide ranging along the way and I may not have the time to engage with all of them. But in keeping with my thoughts above, I’d like to expand the dialogue. And to those who I’ve blocked along the way, I apologize. Come back, let’s talk.