Defined in Webster's Dictionary as the art or science of government, or concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy or winning and holding control over a government. Politics can also describe the art of guidance and influence outside the realm of government, such as office politics, industry politics or social politics.
A good rule of thumb for making friends and influencing people is "never discuss religion, sex or politics." But those who hold court in the blogosphere violate such etiquette 24/7. Counter-intuitive to the long-held notion of conversation fit for polite company, politics is a prominent Internet topic specifically because of its controversial nature.
Unfortunately, many who engage in political discourse often feel free to throw etiquette to the wind. Rather than affably promote the free exchange of ideas, such people often resort to personal attacks, diminishing the quality of their opinion and transforming platforms for meaningful exchange into childish free-for-alls.