In response to the lively, honest discussion happening at Information Wants to Be Free about "groupthink" and me-tooism, I'm going to offer an amendment to my politeness post. In my post, I wrote
There are a lot of people blogging about library issues, and I've tried to resist the pull of me-tooism.
Here's my amended statement: There are a lot of people blogging about library issues, and I've tried to resist the pull of uncritical me-tooism.
To me, critical doesn't have to mean just pointing out problems. That's part of it. But you can be critical by pointing out the strong points of an idea. Why are you endorsing something? Sharing that is just as important as why you have problems with an idea or project. I think that uncritical me-tooism leads to groupthink. That's what I object to.