posted on Mar, 30 2009 @ 07:11 PM
I would like to address what I would call the fine line between a personal attack, and a disagreement with someone's opinion.
You are ignorant.
You are an idiot.
Not a personal attack:
You are ignorant if you believe this.
Saying "You are ignorant if you believe this" is no different than saying:
I don't think you know what you are talking about.
I don't think you realize what you are talking about.
I think you need to research the subject at hand.
I don't think you have a fundamental grasp of the subject matter.
Are you aware of...
That is simply not true.
I have to disagree,..
To me, these are all different ways of saying the same thing, and I am not offended by any of them. Some might think that there are more polite ways
of stating disagreement, but that also can come off as pompous. You think their opinion is wrong, and you are stating just that.
I think it is a personal attack to call anyone a racial or sexual slur, but I don't think it is a personal attack to call them a shill, a
propagandist, a disinformation agent, a Yankee imperialist, a Muslim terrorist, a Nazi, a neocon, a liberal elitist, or a jerk. If you think they are
one of these, as long as you express your opinion as to why you think this way, then it should be ok. If you don't explain yourself, then it is
nothing but a personal attack.
Polite can be extremely boring, especially when you do nothing but go back and forth over the same argument without ever making any progress. That is
what makes most other forums boring in my opinion.
Beat me, whip me, make me write bad checks, just don't bore me to death.
Of course there is the ever popular, "pull your head out of your arse", and come on, that is just funny. I see those kinds of translations here all
the time, like in the cartoons, so I guess it is alright.