There. I feel better already.
If you spend anytime on social media, you’ll know what I mean.
Take this typical facebook exchange, for example, regarding a CBS news article in which Trump’s claims regarding the size of his electoral college win was fact-checked by a NBC news reporter, Peter Alexander.
First, here’s the video of Alexander and Trump, upon which the article was based:
And here’s the facebook exchange about it:
Stephen M: Hillarious!! Media falls for obvious troll once again! Everyone in America knew this would be the leftist propaganda machine’s takeaway, and sure the fuck enough, here we are. Please keep ignoring the ineptitude of your fellow “journalists” repeating questions that were already asked.
Mauricio C: So you are OK with the president LYING to your face.. Got it 😉
Stephen M: You wouldn’t know trolling if it bit you on the ass. Trump trolled all you liberals and sure as shit, your damn panties are in a wad.
Cayden R: So being caught in a lie equates to trolling now? Ok gotcha. #alternativefacts
Mauricio C: Oh yeah, he trolled us, liberals, conservatives and actually the whole country big time… And yet people are still cheering for his lying Russian puppet’s ass.
Stephen M: Liking Iran, Iraq, Yemen et al is fine, but Russia is verboten.
Gotcha chief. 😉
Daniel M: Stephen, you’re an idiot.
While I agree with Daniel M’s assessment of Stephen M, I wonder about the usefulness of engaging with people like Stephen M at all, who resort to ad hominem attacks because they have no basis upon which to challenge facts and information.
If people like Marcelais must resort to mindless commentary in the absence of critical thinking, at least they should, I dunno, spruce it up a little. The Shakespeare Insult Kit could be a step in that direction.
Alternatively, they could take a page out of JK Rowling’s book. If you want to diss someone you think is an unmitigated imbecile, JK Rowling’s twitter exchange with Piers Morgan, regarding an heated exchange between Morgan and comedian Jeff Jefferies on Bill Maher’s Real Time, is a primer on exactly how it should be done:
Rowling: Yes, watching Piers Morgan being told to fuck off on live tv is exactly as satisfying as I’d always imagined.
Morgan: This is why I’ve never read a single word of Harry Potter.
Rowling: Because you had a premination that the author would roar with laughter seeing you called out on your bullshit on live tv?
Morgan: Everything I said was factual. [note: it wasn’t.] If you think screaming FUCK OFF! at me changes that, you’re mistaken.
Rowling: Would you like a couple of hours to mock up some pictures of refugees carrying explosives [note: reference to Morgan’s firing] to substantiate you position?
Morgan: The superior, dismissive arrogance of rabid Remain/Clinton supporters like JK Rowling is, of course, precisely why both campaigns lost.
Rowling: The fact-free, amoral, bigotry-apologism of celebrity toady Piers Morgan is, of course why it’s so delicious to see him told off.
And she didn’t leave it there. The coup de grâce, Rowling style:
Rowling: [after tweeting a glowing review of her as an author] Just been sent this! Can the writer let me know who he is? I’d like to thank him. [hashtag valentines]
Morgan didn’t take long to jump on it:
Morgan: Priceless #humblebrag BS. Nobody plays the celebrity game more abusively or ruthlessly than you, Ms ‘Intensely Private Billionaire’.
Rowling then posted the full article with the author’s name: Piers Morgan himself.
Rowling, 1; thy Joggerheaded Idle-headed Horn-beast, 0.