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Sunday February 28th

Letter: ​Discourse is really cool if done well

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Opinion editor Tyler Fleming

TO THE EDITOR:

For millennia, people have congregated in bathhouses or in the coffee house to exchange ideas. Public exchange of ideas has always been a necessity.

Thanks to social media, we are becoming more isolated. Our virtual public spheres are curated by us, tailored to our preferences. Which has its benefits, don’t get me wrong, but at some point we do need to bring back an unregulated, open public space for respectful discourse.

That is what this letter section should be, and in many instances, still is.

We always try to prioritize voices that need a platform in this section. Here the famous alumni and the first-year are given an equal voice. With this new semester, I want to encourage you all to reach out.

I would especially encourage our conservative readers to write us. Our letter sections are often one-sided, which can become boring over time.

We want to see more opinions represented, we just need your help.

Together we can maybe start to pop these bubbles and gain a better understanding of each other. Even if we disagree.

Tyler Fleming

Opinion editor

2016-17

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