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Is trolling effective?

Re: Is trolling effective?
January 23, 2009, 02:32:38 PM
Who said anything about rhetorical questions?

Bottom line: if it was good enough for Socrates, I figure its good enough for me.  I'm not concerned with how people 'feel' or 'constructing my own argument' or any other elements of social/ego drama, my concern is what works.

Re: Is trolling effective?
January 23, 2009, 08:50:35 PM
Is trolling effective?

Depends on where you do it and how you do it. You can influence others to change their minds and see things from an alternate viewpoint.

You do this two ways:
 (a) make them argue themselves into a corner and get frustrated at the dumb ideas they rely on
 (b) make them laugh and enjoy joining in to make light of stupid ideas

If you're really good, later you hint at some better ideas so that -- as OndeAander said -- they get to discover the ideas for themselves.

I'm against manipulating people. It makes me feel greasy. But I like tempting them with truth.