I was online playing Bingo this morning, and a gun debate came up.
I did not get involved. It was way too early for me, and I didn’t have enough coffee in me yet. And for Heaven’s sake, I was playing Bingo. It’s not like I do that because I want my brain to be engaged.
As usually happens, it quickly devolved into a “You’re a stupidhead”-“No, you’re a stupidhead” type of thing. I’m not sure why I expected anything any different. After all, again, Bingo.
I was cringing for both sides. These were people who were not making a good showing. I decided they needed some friendly tips.
- Research the subject. Find some good, unbiased information. Mull it over, decide why you feel that way. I don’t really care what side of any particular debate you’re on, I’ll respect you far more if you truly care about your opinion and can come up with logical reasons why you feel that way. Don’t base your argument on which side of the political spectrum you fall.
- Avoid cliches. They are signs of unoriginal thinking. Cliches are cliches for a reason. Overused. A truly original argument will be far more effective.
- Learn good grammar and spelling. You’re not too terribly effective if you sound like an eleven-year-old texting your BFF. (I apologize in advance to well-written and -spoken 11-year-olds)
- And, above all, if you’re unable to articulate your argument without resorting to calling your opponents “idoits” and “dumazzes”, then just stop. You’re not helping.
Quit being a stupidhead.