This morning on the Today Show there was an interesting discussion taking place about a dad who has blogged about his "psycho ex." Although I do have my opinions on the matter, what I think is important to take note in this case is there are two distinct sides to the story--actually, most likely more than two very different sides to the story, as there always is. And while the stories don't necessarily mesh--and why would they--they obviously got divorced for a reason, they are still very real to both parties involved.
The point I am trying to make here is it is very similar to a good political debate. Moreover, veteran television and talk radio show hosts have made millions off of this. If one candidate/talk show host/blogger is alone standing in front of a community, or behind a microphone or keyboard, they can say whatever they want and not be called out on inaccuracies and false statements--and they know this. If two candidates are in a room together and are both able to give their views and question the other's comments, then you have a good and fair debate where more of the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, must be presented and viewers, listeners and/or readers can then come to their own conclusion. This, of course, is bad for one side or the other--and they know this too. A well-informed audience is a tough crowd to control when you're trying to convince them that you're side is right.
Anyway, no matter which side of the fence you stand on in regards to blogging about personal matters you should take a look at this article and more importantly pay attention to the comments. The comments are where you will see the true and honest debate of the situation. Because this is a neutral setting you are able to see both sides clearly and things are not censored like in this dad's blog (which by the way is a blog I have read several times and goes along with many of the important beliefs I have in regards to parallel parenting). While he has a "right" to build his community in the way he chooses it should also be known that it is very one-sided and more directed in making him feel better than actually sharing the whole story or reality.
So take a look and be sure to read the comments.
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