Shutting (whoever) Down In Just One Tweet Is Not Helping

“Shut Down In Just One Tweet”¬†articles are popular, but they are not helping!

Why are these presented as righteous victories? Nobody actually benefits from these tweets other than brief catharsis, and NOBODY ACTUALLY GOT SHUT DOWN.

It can momentarily feel good to nail an opponent, but nothing actually gets better. Nobody has been persuaded, other than being increasingly convinced that people they disagree with are unreasonable jerks.

It is also bad strategy! Even if ethics and kindness aren’t a concern, it is actually in someone’s best interest to listen and appear reasonable. Learn more about the opposition and you will either discover more common ground than expected, or learn more about how to truly influence them instead of just getting them angry. You’re actually more likely to get what you want if you’re not outwardly combative!

 

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