What is it about drones?
Back in July I had an encounter with an aggressive, progressive, pro-choice drone.
Quite instructive. What did we learn from him?
If you want to crush your Twitter opponent—first work on your reading comprehension skills…
Today I got entangled with a right wing version.
Twitter Pro Tip:
If you’re not good at anticipating where the questions are heading, don’t get into debates on Twitter. (Especially with people who agree with your basic point.)
The exchange began when I tweeted the stages I think Republicans need to take in resetting healthcare reform:
To which my friend Ron Fournier took exception:
Ron and I had a little conversation, but his first tweet got the notice of a guy who turned out to be a right-wing drone [UPDATE: This gentleman’s account goes in and out of suspension, so the normal Twitter embed thingy may not display correctly]:
Of course I agreed:
“Tricky how they lie…”
Oh my goodness.
Personally, I have no inhibitions about beating up Ron Fournier over his progressive assertions.
But the idea that he’s lying?
Twitter Pro Tip:
Always remember the guy you’re arguing with gets to choose who continues to show up in his timeline.
Obviously this guy doesn’t know he’s on a short leash here.
This guy needs to be rethreaded. I’m really irritated to have to do it because he’s supposedly on the same side I am.
But I can’t let some stranger unfairly attack my friends.
Actually winning arguments is a whole lot more fun than being a drone.
And I want him start having fun on Twitter (if you look at his timeline, it is sadly obvious he doesn’t know the fun he’s missing).
So I ask him a question. I bet you can tell exactly why I’m asking it and where I’m heading with it.
The answer, of course, is that Americans never found any nuclear weapons—or even evidence the Iraqis were close to developing them—after we invaded Iraq.
Although the Left (and a great many Ron Paul acolytes) accused Bush of lying, there is not documented evidence that he did so.
And yet the left wing (including my friend Ron) continue the Bush Lied canard to this day.
So there’s a lesson to be learned there by my young Twitter acquaintance—if he’s open to learning.
He’s beginning to get on my last nerve.
This is where he starts to go full-throttle paranoid on me.
If I were able to sit down with this young man over hot coffee at his favorite shop, I’d ask him a few questions:
- Do you ever think about the person you’re arguing with on Twitter? (I guarantee you Ron does.)
- Did you know the guy you’re accusing of lying has a son who turned 16 yesterday? (I did.)
- Did you know the person you’re accusing of being a “bot programmed liar” has hand-crafted 10,230 tweets over five years? (It’s true.)
- Why don’t you think about why a person who’s urging you to lay off the “liar” accusations is asking you about nuclear weapons in Iraq? (This is an absolutely vital skill to have—along with the ability to see an argument through your opponent’s eyes—if you want to win hearts and minds on Twitter, or anywhere else for that matter.)
But not when we’re arguing with each other on Twitter.