Conversational Cheap Shots, or How to Strategically Manage Your Conversations

I recently found re-posted this old article on Conversational Cheap Shots, or How to Strategically Manage Your Conversations.

An excerpt:

It is hoped that exposing these tactics will help muzzle the growing abuse in our conversational landscape. …

First, we have the Ad Hominem Variants where you attack the person as a way to avoid truth, science, or logic which might otherwise prove you wrong. Next are the Sleight of Mind Fallacies, which act as “mental magic” to make sure the unwanted subject disappears. Then, we move on to Delay Tactics, which are subtle means to buy time when put on the spot. Then, the ever popular Question as Opportunity ploys, where any question can be deftly averted. Finally, we have the General Cheap-Shot Tactics and Irritants, which are basically “below the belt” punches.
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