The 15-year-old off-topic foroomer
Socialization is good, forcing people into a corner to suffer from delusions without correction is actually what causes madness.
Insular communities that discuss the same topics among one another tend to develop radical views. Group polarization like this is a well-studied phenomenon (see: firehouse effect). If you have, for example, firemen that regularly discuss politics at the water cooler (and this becomes the majority of many of their members' political discussion diets), you'll find them drifting toward radical viewpoints originally held by only one or a few members and not realizing that they're getting radicalized.
This was happening on the OT forum. We had a small group of hyper-active commenters, many of whom discussed politics more on the Off-topic forum of this site than they did elsewhere. As a consequence, we had a good few radicalization events because this of tendency of isolated networks to form, coupled with other group stupidity factors like social cohesion- most of you kids on OT want the other OT kids to like you. This site has at least 2 Nazi clans (NAW, Wolfsangel, and I'm pretty sure I'm forgetting one), and we've had multiple public breakdowns on this forum like Paugers and Tabby. And plenty of people on here buy or bought into pseudoscience and conspiracies. You can go to the Warone chill zone server and watch the same phenomenon play out in real time.
Even your comment is chock full of fringe weirdo views that you do not seem to recognize as fringe. Weird focus on autism, again, too. This forum keeps going back to that for some reason.
I get where you're coming from, but discussion/socialization alone- in theory and certainly in practice- does not function as a deradicalization mechanism, because not all social discussion is the same. Check out the Off-topic Forum of Tiger Droppings, the LSU football fan forum- those guys are straight up crazy and don't at all realize it. When you have this ghettoization of forums, where people discuss politics and controversial topics in niche communities that aren't really related to those topics, you wind up with the same thing as the firehouse effect: poorly-adjusted people with off-kilter views. If you have a burning desire to talk about politics or your other weirdo social opinions, talk about it either in real life (in a non-self-selecting community) and brave the ridicule (congrats, you're talking to people who aren't radicalized and will be able to detect your off-kilter views) or in a large, healthy forum that doesn't select for ideological agreement. Instead, of course, y'all just keep pushing your retard views in small corners of the internet where people are too tired or uninvested to challenge them (or in your words, "ridicule" and "harass" you), and so you and others get pushed into the self-radicalization vortex. Your choice, I guess. I'll admit, it's fun to watch. And I guess it works out in the end because y'all, like Karl and Tabby and Paugers, wind up derailing your lives and minimizing the risk you pose to society.
Edited 2/25/2021 01:47:59