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  •  I spend way too much time on Facebook (20+ / 0-)

    responding to people I know in red states that I know who continuously post (FRR) (far, reactionary right) crap. We get into long, intense arguments.

    People in other, blue states that are (D) have either begun to get annoyed with me or in some cases misinterpreted what I'm doing ("My God, —, you're posting absolute propaganda in response. Your oversimplification reduces a complex issue to just three or four words; it makes us look bad as liberals when you don't present all the subtleties of the issue! I thought you were a deeply informed voter!").

    Thing is, I know that on Facebook I have at least a 50 percent far-right audience, and they're not going to read through subtleties. I get maybe one statistic per reply before they tune out. I have to phrase things in simple, obvious ways and present trigger points that will get the (R) people to do their own Googling as they look for data to reply with.

    For example, a post I made about the Romneys' dressage horse was really unpopular with the libs in my friends list. We should be working on bigger issues! What about [insert long, complex story about Bain and SEC documents here], that's much worse than the horse!

    Thing is, when you challenge someone on the other side, you have to stoop to their level of attention and understanding.

    Bain, SEC, regulations and reporting? They're just going to roll their eyes and respond with nonsense. They won't have the faintest understanding and it will roll off them.

    A $77,000 tax deduction for a show horse? They're going to go "Nuh-uh!" and run to Google for something to challenge me with—only to find out that it's true. And while they're not going to be deflated at all if I present the Bain stuff, they're absolutely deflated and find themselves full of self-doubt because a $77,000 tax deduction for a show horse is actually something that they can understand.

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    I am not a purity troll. I am a purity warrior.

    by nobody at all on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 08:58:42 PM PDT

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    •  Romney paid "zero taxes" is great... (8+ / 0-)

      The 53% or so crowd claims that they pay all the income taxes but they will have no answer when we rebut with Romney paid zero taxes. It gets through faster than fair taxes or rich have to pay a little more etc..

    •  I was friended by a childhood friend's son. (8+ / 0-)

      I didn't know that she had become a rightwinger. Her son would spout off with a lot of macho BS and talk about guns and war...

      But that last one got me. One of his posts said something like, "Man, I'd like to cut loose on some towelheads with a (insert automatic weapon model here)!"

      I responded with, "So what's stopping you?!?" This is a young man in his early 20s. I then explained to him that the armed forces are in deep need of young, eager men as the body count from our two draftless wars was leaving them short on cannon fodder. After a paragraph describing common injuries and the gruesome truth of modern warfare, followed by a sentence or two questioning just what we are fighting for, I asked him again. "So what's stopping you?!?"

      I'm not his friend anymore. :o(

      I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

      by Gentle Giant on Wed Aug 01, 2012 at 01:20:49 PM PDT

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