Public Service Announcement

Since we seem to be enjoying — no, basking in — the attention of a few blithering right-wingnut trolls recently (and by “right-wingnut trolls” I don’t mean “rational conservatives”, whose input I appreciate), it’s probably time to direct all sane readers to this article on How to Talk To Complete Idiots:

There are three basic ways to talk to complete idiots.

The first is to assail them with facts, truths, scientific data, the commonsensical obviousness of it all. You do this in the very reasonable expectation that it will nudge them away from the ledge of their more ridiculous and paranoid misconceptions because, well, they’re facts, after all, and who can dispute those?

Why, idiots can, that’s who. It is exactly this sort of logical, levelheaded appeal to reason and mental acuity that’s doomed to fail, simply because in the idiotosphere, facts are lies and truth is always dubious, whereas hysteria and alarmism resulting in mysterious undercarriage rashes are the only things to be relied upon.

Ha!  Ain’t that the truth.

12 Responses to “Public Service Announcement”


  1. 1 Torontonian Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    There are three basic ways to talk to complete idiots.

    —————-

    Now I’m curious; what are the other two?

  2. 2 JJ Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Tsk tsk. Read the article 😉 I’ll give you a hint though — the last one has something to do with not rearranging the village around the village idiot 😉

  3. 3 Phatbiker Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Hollywood actors know when they have hit the big time when they get their first stalker. Bloggers know when they have hit the big time when they get a resident troll or two. I guess that you have hit the big time JJ.

  4. 4 JJ Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    PB – Nah, I think they are coming from the CNN link in that story about the racist douchebag. CNN picked it up and has my a link to my post at the bottom of the story 😯 That last 3-headed troll was from Jo-ja.

    God they’re stupid. Not people from Georgia, wingnut trolls. Brains like petrified wood.

  5. 5 Bruce Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    I have my own three-pronged approach to trolls. I either bore them to tears, allow their posts to stand as shining examples of their stupidity but don’t respond and discourage and others from doing so. Or, I ban their sorry little asses when I get bored with them.

    I work on the principle that “freedom of the press belongs to those who own one” applies to blogs too.

  6. 6 Jasper Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Mark Morford’s husband must have left him for another man.

  7. 7 JJ Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Bruce – That sounds like the right procedure to take 😉

    A long time ago, I used to try talking to them, but not anymore. You can’t win the war of ideas with someone who has a brain like a lump of petrified wood. I’ll answer them if they say something coherent, but generally they’re good for mockery and not much else.

  8. 8 JJ Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Mark Morford’s husband must have left him for another man.

    The article obviously struck a nerve with Jasper. For some reason.

  9. 9 Bina Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Jasper = screaming closest case.

    Just sayin’.

  10. 10 JJ Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    I think he’s falling in love with Bruce

  11. 11 The optomistic cynic Sunday, September 27, 2009 at 12:21 am

    I have two reasons not to talk with an idiot. #1 They will drag me down to there level than beat me with experence. #2 The bystanders can’t tell who the idiot is.

  12. 12 Bruce Sunday, September 27, 2009 at 12:34 am

    optomistic cynic, There’s nothing like an idiot in love, JJ may be right.


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