"Arguing on the internet is like running in the special olymoics, enen if you win you're still retarded!" -Some picture
That pretty much sums it up. The most futile activity in the world is trying to argue on the internet, because rather than real life where you actually engage the person, the internet has not advanced so far.
Another problem is that anyone can have access to the internet, so even if you post a sincere message, some degenerate little snot is always waiting with a smart alecky comment and a smiley, which according to them constitutes an actual argument. What's even worse, there are often a pack of idiots waiting to agree with them.
Here's an example:
And that's why I believe the Bible. /quote
You believe a book of fairy tales! /quote
HaHa! It's so true! /quote
Now, do you think I'm going to make any sort of breakthrough with these posters? No, that is impossible. And don't even try to back up your point with any evidence. If you post a link, they'll just say:
That source is clearly biased, it can't be trusted! /quote
Of course an unbiased source is impossible, everyone favours one thing or another. Another way is to merely cut and paste the info, but then they'll say:
Where are your links? You made that up! /quote
You see what I'm getting at. Sometimes people will just come up with a really stupid excuse for an argument, then repeat it over and over, or until another idiot comes to back them up.
Homosexuality is wrong, that's what the Bible says. /quote
Maybe your just trying to hide your own homosexual urges! That's why your gay-bashing! /quote
I wasn't gay bashing. I never said I hated gay people, I said it was wrong according to the Bible. /quote
Trying to hide the truth with your condemnation! /quote
HaHa! It's so true! /quote
Do they have any proof? No. Was I truly doing what they were accusing my of? No. All they know is that there argument sounds good to them, so they can and will use it to dismiss any logical response. If you stop arguing, it will be as though they were right, if you continue, they will step up the assault and ridicule you so it appears to the audience as if they are right. And face it, idiot like that are never short of sympathizers waiting to respond.
Other popular tactics include negative projection, name calling, typing in all capital letters, long questions, faulty information, exclamation marks, spamming, trolling, and any combination of the above. Refuse to respond, and they say:
So you can't defend you position! I win! /quote
But if you respond, chances are you'll get wrapped up in the same tactics they do, and they'll say:
Why can't you respond logically instead of in emotional outbursts? Is that a sign of weakness? Argument by emotion is a very poor way to respond! /quote