Sunday, September 14, 2003

Conversational Terrorism, or How NOT to Talk!

If there's one thing that's available in excess quantities in public life, it's cheap, meaningless talk. This compilation of common gambits and strategems misused in the course of debate has been kicking around the web for quite a while, but it still manages to make me laugh however often I read it. A fun game to play is to see how many of the tactics that are mentioned by the VanDruffs manage to make an appearance in the course of a televised debate or online argument. It is pretty much guaranteed that at least one will be on display in any blog thread that runs to more than 10 comments, while the average 15 minute television segment will squeeze in at least 4, if not more.