Are facts less important than conversation starters?
I was raised to believe that one keeps their mouth closed until they had all the facts.
“It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it”
In fact, if at all possible, all sides of the story should be researched and presented. This lesson was reiterated in the school system with balance being important aspects of presenting information in the form of argumentative essays or scientific reporting.
Yet, in the world of writing and audience engagement and participation this is seemingly becoming an anomaly of the past. Journalists, bloggers and the audience savvy seem to be aware that presenting a balanced view with the cold hard facts leaves no room for polarity.
Without polarity, there can be no angry rants or logical retorts.
People need to be moved to react. Reactions get likes, comments, and recommendations.
Reactions get people talking.
So, should we just be authors of conversation starters?