- Deliberately misrepresent the other side: choose their most outrageous 'representative' and/or focus on any verbal missteps or outtakes - pretend that this is the crux of their position. Ignore moderates or moderate positions.
- Make an impassioned, perfectly reasonable response to *that* position. Slather on the self-righteousness, with plenty of smarm for added points. Bask in the glow from your choir.
- When confronted by a reasonable person and/or reasonable argument, tar this person and/or argument using the brush from step 1.
- Radicalize! Take an even more extreme position than the one you actually believe in! This makes it easier for the other side to do their part!
Monday, March 21, 2011
Debate: How to Protect Yourself
How to ensure that debate takes the form of pointless posturing, and avoid the risk of actual communication: