Attn: Debaters! Your Turn to Lead the Discussion
My big bi-annual vacation is coming up in January, and I'd like to try something a little different. Debaters, I throw it over to you. It's your turn to lead the discussion. Write a blog entry on any issue about which you'd like to start a conversation, send it to me, and I'll post the most intriguing entries while I'm away.
I'll still drop in to comment and post as often as I can -- but I'm not banking on wireless Internet in East Timor. (I base that prediction, possibly erroneously, on the fact that there are only two ATMs in Dili.)
Your post should follow the usual blogging format, providing lots of useful links to both opinion pieces and factual documentation. I hope to see posts on a wide range of controversial subjects. Humor is most welcome (shout out to Chris Ford for morphing my "rogue banana peel" comment into a detailed analogy) and a healthy dose of sarcasm is fine ... keeping in mind that sarcasm isn't always obvious in print. It is an opinion column, so give us your take, but nothing too rabid. Ask probing questions, and provide a few good nuggets for your fellow Debaters to evaluate.
Real names are required -- don't say anything you wouldn't want to put your name on -- plus a working e-mail address or phone number where we can reach you. (Don't worry, the contact info won't be posted, and I promise I won't stalk you or give your details to telemarketers. We just need a way to reach you if we have any questions about your submission and to verify that you are who you say you are.) I'd especially like to hear from the regular Debaters -- ErrinF, Will, Chris Ford, Turnabout, Alex Ham, SandyK, James, Jon M., Jaxas and the rest -- we know you have strong opinions, so why not take the reins for a day?
I look at my fellow Debaters as something of a focus group on current events. If you want to see what the focus group has to say about your big issue, write up your post and e-mail it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 3.
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