3 rewards in social media debates

How often do social media debates change someone’s mind? It’s nearly as rare as lightning striking a purple carrot during a solar eclipse. If we aim to convince someone else of our point of view, we don’t get very far, very often. That’s not necessarily an assessment of our argument skills; it’s just the wayContinue reading “3 rewards in social media debates”

Winsome or lose some

If you want to push people away, shut them down, and make them dig their heels in … criticize them, not just their viewpoint or behavior get angry or impatient use sarcasm don’t play fair use deception If you want to draw people in, open them up, and maybe even persuade them of your wayContinue reading “Winsome or lose some”

Shoot first, and ask questions never?

“I’ve seen more _________ attack me for my decision to _________ than ask me why.” I read this in a news story yesterday. What goes in the blanks? birds / attempt flying elves / take down the Christmas lights fashion stylists / combine argyle with paisley I’ll leave you hanging, because it doesn’t really matter. Regardless ofContinue reading “Shoot first, and ask questions never?”

Pundit attacks comedian and loses — the argument

It was all going so well. A comedian tweeted his viewpoint regarding lockdown protesters. A pundit retweeted it, adding his viewpoint. The first two sentences comprised a valid argument. Then came the third sentence. “We can’t all be wealthy overrated comedians.” It took a hard turn from a valid argument straight into a personal attack.Continue reading “Pundit attacks comedian and loses — the argument”

When do you talk religion and politics?

How wild and crazy was I during my youth? I shared my religious and political views with abandon. Oh, the stories I could tell … Over time, I’ve made adjustments to the way I communicate. In my experience, addressing hot-button topics on Facebook often does more harm than good. Also, spending time on social mediaContinue reading “When do you talk religion and politics?”

Don’t confuse this with that, Volume 2

It’s critical to make a distinction between … … wanting someone and wanting the best for someone. … Europe and the European Union. … causation and correlation. … childish and childlike. … the message and the messenger. ⇒ What would you add? Leave a comment below!