How to Lose Credibility Online: 2

Begin every argument by insulting the person/people with whom you’re fighting.

The intent: I can see that this would have two purposes: 1) to persuade people to support your idea by hinting that anyone who would believe otherwise is stupid, or 2) to flaunt your intellectual superiority over others, because you most definitely have the correct viewpoint.

The reality: You come across as the most insufferably arrogant, immature twit on the internet. How many things in life are definitively right or wrong? (I’m not necessarily referring to moral matters here.) What makes you think that you are entirely in the right? More importantly, you’ve offended audience members that you might otherwise have swayed. Children fight by calling each other names. When teenagers and adults do it, who wants to listen to what they have to say?

– Circuit B


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