Monday, 9 March 2015

Debating in the Human Zoo.

So, you drop a pejorative but entirely rational comment on a YouTube video. Some guy misinterprets what you’ve said and counters with an irrelevant reply. You explain it again and the same thing happens. You explain it a third time, expanding the point and putting it a different way. You’re doing your best but he still doesn’t get it, or doesn’t want to. He obviously isn’t reading what you’ve written, but is disagreeing irrationally because he doesn’t like the fact that you’ve knocked his treasured view.

At this point you realise that he doesn’t have a measurable IQ so there’s no point in further discussion. You let it go and walk away. Now he decides that he’s won the argument.

That’s life’s justice at work, and all you can do is smile at the beckoning sunset.


Della said...

Ha, ha. My kids have forewarned me about YouTube comments, they're supposedly the worst anywhere. Not sure why. Sometimes I click the 'Like' button just to put my 2 cents in. Brave of you to 'converse', or try to.

JJ Beazley said...

YouTube comments are an absolute revelation. Many of them are so bad, one way or another, that they can be entertaining in their own right. They can also be seriously detrimental to your view of the human race.

In this case, the man I was 'conversing' with was (unusually) reasonably articulate and mostly polite. The problem was his lack of logic!