An Aside

Reminder: you cannot win a debate with a gamergater, alt-righter, or any other internet troll.

Want to know why? For starters, there's no debate to be won. They aren't there to discuss ideas and opinions. They are there to put on a show.

You are operating in the realm of True and False, of facts vs. fiction. But they aren't operating in that realm at all. They are operating in the realm of memes, circuses, and bullshit. Whether something is true or not is irrelevant. Whether it creates the right reaction is what matters, to them.

The best you can do is shut down the conversation: delete the posts, ban them, ignore them, whatever. Deny them their audience and platform. Don't give them anyone to entertain, perform for, or incite.

If you want to help them (and please do), handle it personally. Talk to them without an audience. Then you may able to reason with them.

✍️ Reply by email

✴️ Also on


Congratulations! You've found my personal blog. Take a look around and you'll find commentary, wisecracks, reviews, recommendations, reflections, quotes, and questions. Contact me and let's grow wiser, together.

Learn More

Subscribe to the newsletter

Elsewhere: RSS, Twitter, Instagram

Latest Asides

Had to plug back in the trailcam solar charger because some critter had yanked it out. Hope I got of funny closeup of that happening! 🔍

Day 21: Symmetry

Took my kayak on its maiden voyage, today. Really stable and really easy to steer, even in the wind. Gonna have a lot of fun with it. 🛶

Day 20: Beverage


Day 19: Indulgence