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internet debate

my personal rule of internet debate: debating one person, by yourself, is not worth it. you probably won't change his/her mind. Even if you do, other people in the conversation thread lose interest quickly because they don't know how to jump in, so your opinion and hard work could only possibly change one person. It's tough for me sometimes, but I've learned to just let the other person have the last word.

Example: I make a post about how much I love dogs. Person 2 says cats are better. I say that cats are evil. She says that dogs are stupid.

That's where I (try to) leave it. because any more would be getting into a total online waste of time. And trust me, this has been a big step for me, it's hard to let someone else have the last word, but not as tough as the disappointment of examining my online activity over the last three days and realizing it was mostly dedicated to this one person.

Even when I'm trolling, I try to only debate with and against groups of people. It's just more good clean fun.


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Nov. 30th, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC)
And if one person pursues the argument that long they are probably only doing it to upset you anyway, because they're not going to change your mind either.
Nov. 30th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
You're totally wrong and off base here!

Nov. 30th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
There's a difference between trolling and debate. Still, I would love to see a high school mock trial / forensic club expand their activities into intwareb lulz generation.
Nov. 30th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
A geeky freckled red head that trolls.

Please let me know if you ever become single again. :P

In other news...

Nov. 30th, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC)
The argument is only over when someone mentions Nazis... or, for example, says that Hitler loved cats...
Nov. 30th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
The subjet under debate makes a difference. Your example for instance has a couple of issues that make reasoned debate nearly impossible: It's an apples and oranges comparison of opinions and involves social creatures that react to how they're treated. I've little doubt that I like cats because they like me because I like them.

And then there's the purpose of debate. Changing anyone's mind is probably less likely than not, but just stating your arguments can cause you to examine them in new ways not possible by isolated thought alone.

But once a thread devolves to two people going back and forth that's usually is the beginnng of the end.

Also, dogs are stupid but I like them anyway.
Dec. 4th, 2007 05:36 am (UTC)
I usually try to avoid internet debates in general.

But I do think that there's a lot of good in focusing on one person that's possible to influence.
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