I’ve been enjoying Stallion Cornell’s recent blog series, recounting his decade-long online brawl with Languatron, both of whom are WAY too into Battlestar Galactica for my tastes.
The internet is a great place to pick a fight for nerds like me. (I would say us, but I didn’t want to speak for you, Stallion) I’ve been pretty good with words for most of my life, but never very good at fighting in real life. In real fighting, I usually let my temper get the best of me and I end up making a fool out of myself, which tends to end up in just laughter. Online fighting, however, favors those who can carefully (and quickly) type a few words or phrases that pack a nice zing.
However, I must be careful to use my powers for good and not evil… (right, wifey?)
Most of my online ‘fights’ are really just intellectual exercises; opportunities to see if I can reason my way through an argument. Sometimes, I even purposefully take the other side of an argument just to see if I can make the case. Call me bizarre, but it’s how I get my jollies.
Here is a recent spat I got into in the comments of the Rachel Maddow YouTube video where she takes Rand Paul to task. I was gearing up for a good fist-to-cuffs, but “Poonard” put the final button on it that was too good to try and improve on. To set this up, you should know that I was responding to commenters who were saying that Maddow took Paul to task based solely on a “philosophical” argument, and not practical governance: