The internet is a free place to express an opinion. Or it was supposed to be. Every day I see someone posting a negative comment and there’s always someone responding very furiously. As a result, they make a chain of nasty replies that they leave for other curious people to see if they had the same opinion as them.
At first I thought a fight over different opinions would be a reasonable argument, but according to “Practical Argument”, by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell, that it doesn’t make a good argument. It’s nothing more than a pointless fight because people people can’t think on the same thing. In the book, there is a green box that is titled “What Kinds of Statements Are Not Debatable?” Among the examples were preference and taste. “Expression of personal preference or taste are not suitable for argument.
The flame wars we see on the net don’t have anything that can be considered as an argument. They don’t have logos, if fact, they say the most ridiculous things, they don’t have ethos, half of the things they say are just nonsense, and the only emotion you get is hurt. Flame wars are mean and rude and we shouldn’t even be in one or be the one to instigate it. They don’t have a cause. If someone says something that you don’t like, don’t mind them. Except, I do sometimes read them and I feel ashamed that I had nothing better other than to read the fight between them.
There’s times when I feel sorry for one person and get mad at the other person. Sometimes if possible I would tell them it is an opinion and we all have different kinds of taste so we shouldn’t be having a huge debate. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it backfires. Worst things worse I try not to get myself any further. But lesson learn, don’t let yourself get into one and don’t listen to them.