If You Are Going To Argue…Do It Right!
Okay, so with the Political Season, Fall TV Sweeps and Celebrity Sightings in full swing, I would like to teach everyone some basic strategy when it comes to arguing your point on the social networks. (By the way, I just avoid debating on the social networks all together, but if you must.) Here are some simple things to remember from a common sense point of view.
- Stick To One Point – If you are going to debate foreign policy, stick to foreign policy. If you are going to discuss the economy, discuss the economy. If you are going to argue Justin Bieber’s haircut, stick to hairstyle. Let’s face it, you are being judged as you post…we can all read and we will pick a winner based on clarity. Smokescreen debates where you hide behind propaganda or brand slogans will be quickly recognized and dismissed as BS.
- Stick To The Facts – Random, “Uh Huh”…and I read it somewhere…or I heard it on CNN or FOX News does not constitute facts. Since you are probably on a computer or mobile device, do a little homework as you make your argument. Avoid spin. Link back to a fact check site that supports the point you are making.
- Spell Check and Grammar Check Please – The moment you misspell something or use unbelievably bad grammar in debate…you lose credibility in my mind. No one will be able to take you seriously at that point.
- Overly Emotional? Attitude? Lose. – Stick to being a well articulated individual that listens and responds in a manner that is professional. Using “CMON!” or “SERIOUSLY!!!” gets you no where. You may be frustrated on the other end of the computer screen, but as you know in any debate, extreme emotion is the enemy.
- Don’t Know Anything About The Topic At Hand? Stay Out Of The Conversation.
So, those are the basic common sense Social Argument rules in my opinion. Plug these into your next political discussion, TV discussion about your favorite reality show or discussion about who is hotter…etc.
Or you could just avoid it all together and spend your time a little more wisely. Hey, just a thought!