Angry Doctor

Monday, May 04, 2009

On the same page?

(get your T-shirts here)

Over dinner and beer on May Day evening angry doc and fellow-Clearthought bloggers Leng Hiong and Ed discussed the issue of supporting causes.

While angry doc was, for a number of reasons, on the side of the "old guards" from quite early on, he noticed that the fight took on more and more issues as people joined each side for reasons of their own too and framed the conflict in their own language. Towards the end it was about gay rights vs. homophobia, secularism vs. religion, liberal vs. conservative parents, moderate vs. fundamentalist Christians, pluralism vs. exclusion...

Towards the end angry doc wasn't sure what he was supporting anymore.

If he supported the "old guards", did he also support moderate Christians vs. fundamentalist Christians? If he was against the contents of AWARE's sexuality education programme (which he isn't because he hasn't read all the contents), did it mean he should side with the "new guards" (incidentally angry doc thinks the correct term should be "young Turks" or "young guards")?

While Angry Doctor may not have made any difference in the eventual results of the EGM, angry doc nevertheless wonders how, in this day and age when causes come in bundles or packages, and when people are so quick to tag their own agendas onto them, he should decide on whether to support a cause on his blog in the future.

How do other people decide?

But for now, he merely needs to decide if he should go for the "I'm on page 73" T-shirt, or the "Shut up and sit down" one... He needs a pink T-shirt for the 16th, you see...

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4 Comments:

  • I think that the "Page 73" would be a better conversation piece. "SDSU" might invite angry stares.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At May 05, 2009 12:16 pm  

  • Hmm... come to think of it, "Who's on page 73 of the book you are reading now?" would make an internet meme.

    By Blogger angry doc, At May 05, 2009 12:24 pm  

  • "While Angry Doctor may not have made any difference in the eventual results of the EGM, angry doc nevertheless wonders how, in this day and age when causes come in bundles or packages, and when people are so quick to tag their own agendas onto them, he should decide on whether to support a cause on his blog in the future.

    How do other people decide?"

    A possible answer to that question came looking for me today:

    http://www.freshbrainz.com/2009/05/mob-behaviour-of-social-groups.html

    In a nutshell, people decide based on what their friends decide...

    By Blogger Lim Leng Hiong, At May 05, 2009 3:39 pm  

  • people think they are in control of what they decide ... but ad people and politicians obviously think you can be influenced .. so go figure

    By Anonymous Freeman, At May 06, 2009 8:49 pm  

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