The Importance of Not Dismissing People You Disagree With

OneFargo leader Wess Philome and Forum News Service columnist Rob Port engage in a dialogue about current events, livestreamed on Facebook.

MINOT, N.D. — I write a lot about the importance of engaging with people you disagree with.

It’s not healthy for any of us to live in a bubble.

Yet there are so many sources — from social media algorithms to cable news programming — which are feeding us only what we want to hear.

Even those of us who don’t want to live in echo chambers are pressured into them. It can take some effort to seek out thoughtful and honest views that are contrary to your own.

Wess Philome, who helped organize the Fargo-based protests after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and continues his activism through the OneFargo group, decided to make me live up to my arguments against ideological bubbles. He asked me to be the first guest on what he plans as a series of discussions, broadcast via live streaming, on policy and politics.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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