Conformity is the process by which an individual's attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors are influenced by other people. This influence occurs in both small groups and society as a whole, and it may be the result of subtle unconscious influences, or direct and overt social pressure.
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Well, I don't know where this post is coming from... well, maybe I do. The thoughts came to my mind after reading this post (more on that thread later). I know some have speculated that ChimichangaChupacabra is indeed old-time member Venom(sic). Maybe he is, maybe he isn't; that's not the point, but like his old profile, it is, for a new member replete with smites.
This isn't a venom/ C4 post, rather one which I'm just using him as an example. He clearly doesn't care what we think about his opinion; he gives it to us... hard. I'm personally all for that. After all RAF is a forum... a place where persons communicate with each other and discuss whatever they want: not a place where opinions get shot down, and discarded.
But the same must also go for the dissenter. One who doesn't agree with the general consensus shouldn't be quick to shut up the person they don't agree with. Well, on RAF I try to promote openness and community; so I would ask that we not be quick to discard the ideas of those who we don't agree. I can't tell you how you live your life... not even on RAF.
IRL (in real life) I am one of the biggest dissenters out there; that part of my personality though cannot merge with my RAF life simply don't join real discussions for fear of loosing what little objectivity we possess. It's a pity, because I really love debates.
Anyway, this is probably the longest personal note I've written here, so I should start hitting the "PUBLISH POST" button pretty soon, and get back to the mountain of work I have to do.
Purpose of this post? I'm not sure, but I just want to commend the dissenters out there who don't just do it to be not one of the 'cool guys', but those who actually think outside the box.
I definitely respect people who express their opinions, even if I disagree (Queen, for instance--aside from all the wank that got started in that case, of course).
And I like C4/Venom. His posts are very ...refreshing? I can't think of the word. xD
I've definitely noticed that, for the most part, everyone who gets banned is someone who will express their opinions quite proudly. They will usually stick around for quite a while, and offer very good points for us to discuss. Then they seem to overstep their bounds slightly, and get rather ranty. I guess I'm saying that by all means, express yourself, just remember not to express too much.
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