In reply to I believe you've gotta have by Esme
For many years now I have been a member of first the Italy mag forums then this community. The forums have been invaluable and I have gained so much knowledge. I was online and still remember the sad day that Italy Mag pulled the plug on the Forum after some serious fighting.I have always been fascinated by the seemingly cyclic nature of the interactions here and have wondered what if anything influences the various flare ups. They do not seem to be tied to the cycles of the moon, I thought that perhaps it could be because people were snowed in and stuck in doors triggering cabin fever but that also does not explain it. Perhaps it is because some people feel isolated in a new country and the forums are one of their few ways of communicating in their mother tongue? The difficulty is that the words are only a small component of communication and are always open to misunderstanding. Their do however sometimes seem to be people who are not at all open to others points of view. I guess another question is “Is the internet facilitating communication or entrenching positions?”All very interesting.