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Date Sat Sep-22-12 05:37 PM
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"how do you strike a balance between not being stupid and posting something online that might get you killed, without being so recklessly brave that you publish it anyway just to prove you can't be intimidated?"

You strike a balance by researching thoroughly whatever deadly topic it is you wish to post. You strike a balance by knowing in your heart that what you have to say is the truth, and needs to be said if things are going to be changed. For example, Reverend King probably wrote all of his speeches by living through the struggles of being a black man, and deciding if there was going to be change, then someone had to stand up and speak out about it. It's about knowing when to pick your battles. If Reverend King had just walked around saying "Segregation is evil! White Southerners are evil for being racist! Down with racism!" he would have accomplished nothing. You have to avoid generalizations that throw in the innocent and ignorant with the truly evil. You have to understand your enemy. Why were people racist? Why was their segregation? How do you address that in such a way that the moderates can realize you are not unjustly attacking people, but are instead trying exact change for the better? (still going on the Reverend King example here).

Play Devil's Advocate with yourself to try to understand the other side, and then you can figure out what most likely is unnecessarily inflammatory in your poem and what is not unnecessarily critical.


"So how would you go about finding anyone to help you gain a more fair perspective on things?"

I would suggest asking friends if they know anyone who could give you a balanced view on the subject. For example, when I want to know things about Catholicism, I ask my sister's fiance. I can listen to Evangelicals talk about the evils of Catholicism all day, but what they have to say about Catholicism is completely different than what a man who was born and raised Catholic has to say on the matter.

You could also try finding forums online where the people you are looking for are likely to frequent, and ask if any of them would be willing to be interviewed.

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Two Questions About Controversial Works [View all] , Wandering Author, Thu Sep-13-12 12:56 PM
  RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, Weird Jim, Sep 13th 2012, #1
RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, Wandering Author, Sep 13th 2012, #2
      RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, Weird Jim, Sep 13th 2012, #3
           RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, Wandering Author, Sep 13th 2012, #4
                RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, Weird Jim, Sep 14th 2012, #5
RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, junedrexler, Sep 14th 2012, #6
RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, Wandering Author, Sep 14th 2012, #7
RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, KatsInCommand, Sep 14th 2012, #8
RE: Two Questions About Controversial Works, whilstwhile, Sep 22nd 2012 #9

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