Saturday, January 14, 2006Looking For A New Forum
Sorry, Nelson, but it has to be done.
As a few of my readers -- well, one of you, anyway -- might be aware, for the last year and a half I've been privileged to serve as a moderator on the forum of a lefty-political radio dude on a national network that I shall leave unidentified. That forum, however, has seen better days, and I'm not getting much out of it anymore. Internet fora are a tricky business at the best of times, and often hardly worth the effort. And compared to real-life, face-to-face interaction, they're always a poor substitute. Still, I've met enough interesting people and had enough good conversations that I know a better forum is possible.
The thing is, a blog is necessarily mostly a one-way street; and socially, I'm not likely to have satisfying conversations with more than a few new people every year. I need more than that. I need to exchange ideas, I need to be challenged now and then, and I need to meet people who are completely different from me. The internet forum is an excellent (if flawed) tool for that.
So I'm looking for recommendations. Anybody know anyplace where people are generally cool and the topics of conversation are varied? It doesn't have to be political -- in fact, I'd really prefer it wasn't overtly political (although an inclination towards liberalism is a good thing.)
Any suggestions, anyone? |