There are many types of online debaters on the multitude of platforms. These activities can be fun or serve as an outlet for frustration. Supposed debates that are ineffective include:
- mutual ranting with rhetoric and memes
- name-calling instead of providing substance
- arguments that rely on fallacies
- whining without making a point
Debates like these aren't really debates at all. Debate requires engagement, listening and focus. The best part of a good debate is that at the very least, you will learn something - you might even change your mind.
Re-evaluating and discarding arguments that you've always used is a challenge. You are required to dig deep and discover why you chose to believe such a thing in the first place. It's personal and conditioned by the nurturing you received or by those you deemed a reliable authority.
Letting go of a belief is a remarkable experience. Sometimes setting yourself up to change your mind is divine.Talk about a high.