Dilbert’s Rules for Internet Debate
Scott Adams provides a too-real-to-life guide to debating on the Internet.
1. Turn someoneÃ¢€™s generality into an absolute. For example, if someone makes a general statement that Americans celebrate Christmas, point out that some people are Jewish and so anyone who thinks that ALL Americans celebrate Christmas is stupid. (Bonus points for accusing the person of being anti-Semitic.)
6. Hallucinate entirely different points. For example, if someone says apples grow on trees, accuse him of saying snakes have arms and then point out how stupid that is.
7. Use the intellectual laziness card. For example, if someone says that ice is cold, recommend that he take graduate courses in chemistry and meteorology before jumping to stupid conclusions that display a complete ignorance of the complexity of ice.
Anyone familiar with the comments sections on most larger blogs has seen these in action.
Hat tip to Jack Grant. I didn’t even know Adams had a blog.