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Off-limit conversations?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by MightyMouse, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. MightyMouse

    MightyMouse Member

    In the past, it always seemed the conversations that would cause the most trouble were politically charged. And they still rank up there, but recently, there have been a couple of conversations that I have to stop as soon as they are started, just because of the passionate stances they invoke.

    The two that come to mind right away are: Mike McQueary's culpability in the Jerry Sandusky situation; and Tim Tebow (the Tebow debate definitely is more recent).

    Twice in the last three days Tebow's merits as a football player and NFL quarterback vs. college quarterback have been the the subject of very heated debates among the staff -- to the point where workflow is interrupted. And the conversation on Day 2 seemed to be identical to Day 1. It's gotten to the point where I have to pretty much outlaw Tebow talk in the sports department if any work is going to get done.

    Just wondering if anyone else out there has taboo conversation topics (you know, aside from those that will get you called down to HR the next day).
  2. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    Our sports team hasn't really talked about Tebow or anything, but it has certainly been funny to listen to one of the ladies on the copy desk -- who, fwiw, pretends to be a sports fan -- talk about it like she knows what the hell she's talking about.
  3. JC

    JC Well-Known Member

    She'd be a perfect fit here.
  4. Raiders

    Raiders Guest

    If newsroom people don't know how to debate things in civil terms, what are they doing working for freedom of speech? Debates should be an exchange of ideas and opinions, not insults and ridicule.
  5. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Fuck you, Raiders.
  6. Raiders

    Raiders Guest

    I'd kick your ass if I wasn't on deadline.
  7. JRoyal

    JRoyal Well-Known Member

    I think she could take you.
  8. stix

    stix Well-Known Member

    I would say if you're banging a co-worker's significant other, that might be off-limits.
  9. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    We find it easier to keep political and religious conversations/debates to a minimum in the office.
  10. bpoindexter

    bpoindexter Active Member

  11. We had to ban political talk, because there were very strident views at each end of the spectrum in our shop. Work would come to a crashing halt.
  12. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Hey, so did we! On this board, I mean.
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