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On being a "thoroughly unpleasant" online personage. 
13th-Nov-2007 12:10 am
Candybar Doll
Hate to break it to y'all, but, for me at least, throwing a public temper tantrum is just a savvy rhetorical strategy for online discourse. And, lemme tell ya, it took a long time for me to come to terms with that.

There are a lot of ethically bankrupt and intellectually suspect Tin Gods out there in cyberspace, and they have a following tens of thousands strong. So what's a Nobody From Nowhere like myself to do when I get sick and tired of their pretense, feel compelled to tell it like it is--and be heard? Do you really think anyone besides a half-dozen of my closest friends would pay attention if I said, "With all due respect, sir/madam, but I disagree?" Not a chance. Whereas the following, rather more direct approach, actually works (and as everyone should know by now, I'm a pragmatist at heart):

You're a brainless MORON!!

See what I mean?
13th-Nov-2007 05:52 am (UTC)
The problem I do see is that when I hit with strong words, people may tend to sit up and listen, but they also go on the defensive and hit back and rarely really think about what I was making my point about.
13th-Nov-2007 11:26 am (UTC)
That's why I only do this to correct points of fact (which people can dismiss but not argue) or big methodological errors (that can only be resisted anecdotally). a.k.a. "To Terra is a SHOUNEN manga!!!"

Just strongly voicing an opinion is another matter entirely. ^_~
13th-Nov-2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
I tend to do it when I'm very frustrated and things go downwards from there, especially since I'm a teacher during a lesson *sighs*
13th-Nov-2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
And what brought this one?^^
13th-Nov-2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
13th-Nov-2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
*nod nods* Logical and makes sense.
13th-Nov-2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
But outrage is so much fun!

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