The Problem with Internet Debates

So let me begin by saying yes this article will be biased in some areas however do expect some facts along the way (helps this article stay unbiased).

Here are the problems/topics in the order I will talk about:
1)TROLLS

2)one-sided thinkers

3)band-wagon society

4)false information

5)STUPIDITY IN GENERAL

1-TROLLS:

First off let me just say this about them. They are there only to make people who actually comment for specific, justifiable reasons bang their heads in and question humanity as a whole. Being as this type of troll is found in the internet alone i went to the only place where definitions (according to the internet) can be found:

http://www.urbandictionary.com.

According to Urban Dictionary it means this:

(SOURCE: http://www.urbandictionary.com/author.php?author=etox%2C+et+al.)

1a. Noun
One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument.

1b. Noun
A person who, on a message forum of some type, attacks and flames other members of the forum for any of a number of reasons such as rank, previous disagreements, sex, status, ect.
A troll usually flames threads without staying on topic, unlike a “Flamer” who flames a thread because he/she disagrees with the content of the thread.

1c. Noun
A member of an internet forum who continually harangues and harasses others. Someone with nothing worthwhile to add to a certain conversation, but rather continually threadjacks or changes the subject, as well as thinks every member of the forum is talking about them and only them. Trolls often go by multiple names to circumvent getting banned.

(ALL THESE DEFINITIONS ARE BY : etox, et al)

So a troll in general will fan arguments to cause chaos and on the internet there are a ton of people willing to do such activities.

 

2-One-Sided Thinkers:

These in general (as made obvious by the title of what they are) are not open to discuss anything contrary to their beliefs (or morals). As you know on this site, i strive to be a critical thinker and see all sides of the story before i make any decision. This group of people(s) are often labeled as radicals, racist, and another other term that hates something in society. The definition of one-sided as defined by:
https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/one-sided

-only showing a single side of a complicated issue, or being biased

– favoring one person or side over another

Therefore, these people will not, or can not in some cases, value (or read or give thought to) anyone’s opinion that is not agreeing with their own.

 

3-Band-Wagon Society:

The following comes from:
http://literarydevices.net/bandwagon/

Seeing as much of what we read, talk about, share, view, and other things on the web is biased by some person it’s important not to “jump on the bandwagon” so to speak. The band wagon is described as this:

“a persuasive technique and a type of propaganda through which a writer persuades his readers, so that majority could agree with the argument of the writer, suggesting that since majority agrees, the readers should too”

People often follow much of the norms given by social media celebrities and I’ll admit I do to from time to time. What people don’t realize often times is that “not everything you hear or see on the internet is true/factual.” I hope you have heard that saying before! This technique also functions according to this statement:

We see its usage in literature, politics, and advertisements, etc. Bandwagon is in fact a good approach for persuasive writing that successfully works on human minds and psychology. Conversely, writers often use it as a pressure tactic by creating a sense of fear among the readers if they do not agree with their beliefs.”

Basically it’s an effective way to get a majority of people to do/think what you want them to do/think using false/true statements.

 

4-False Info.:

By now i hope that you know from reading this article that factual or true information and data are often times slandered or altogether changed.

This link:

http://www.wikihow.com/Avoid-False-Information-on-the-Internet

gives some very easy tips on how to avoid them. They are:

1Use “common” sense. This will allow you to filter information that is incorrect from the correct.

2Cross-check. Reading from more one source allows for correcting mistakes, errors, and malicious intent.

3Take a look at the pictures. If you are searching a online animal site, look at the pictures. You should see pictures that look real. There shouldn’t be anything that looks fake or anything that seems fake.

4Look over at the policies. Every website must have policies, rules, and promises for there site. Read them very carefully. There could be tricks people add.

5Go to the source. Using a real library, real people, and your legs can be steps in gathering information that is free from errors.

6Have an adult help. If you are a teenager or kid and are positive if a site is right or not the best choice is to have an adult, teacher, or guardian help out. It’s the best choice do.

Personally I’ve used these tips for a while now and it’s safe to say no. 4 is the most important to keep in mind when quoting online information.

 

5-STUPIDITY IN GENERAL:

Sometimes people just can’t help themselves to typing something before they think about it. Often times this results in “stupid comments.” I use the air quotes because these types of comments are subjective to the people who read them. So, before you make a reply to a comment think about whether or not that that was a though out comment.

 

Conclusion:
Debates online can be useful, however these problems are rampant in sites like:
https://www.facebook.com/

https://www.youtube.com/.

With that said I support constructive debates whether it be in any situation or format.

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