I had linked to Brian Niemeier favorably on this blog a couple times but that was before it turned out that he’s an idiot. On my personal blog, I made, what I thought to be, an innocuous comment about something stupid he said. He responded by attacking… a bizarro world version of me.
Read the whole thing and when everyone who knows me stops laughing lets look at this.
A blogger named for the president who normalized relations with the ChiComs…
Puts the idea in people’s head from the get go that this Nixon fellow he’s a communist sympathizer.
The addict lashes out at friends trying to cure him of the vice that’s destroying him.
Nixon = addict. Brian = nice person who just tries to help people!
Nixon’s clumsy effort … sounds more like the squealing of Disney paypigs wallowing in the muck, shivering for their next fix of poz slop.
Wait, wait, I’ve got to wipe away a tear with my Kylo Ren t-shirt.
…a shopworn rhetorical jab of the Left…
Who uses leftist rhetoric? Leftists.
…Nixon is clearly proceeding in bad faith…
Easy way to discount something that’s said without actually addressing it.
It’s not on me if being confronted with the true moral character of your entertainment choices triggers your amygdalae.
Projection. I wrote a post which was less than 200 words on a blog which nobody reads and he does this. Somebody’s amygdala was spun up, but it wasn’t mine.
As an aside, that sentence is also an example of why it’s very annoying that English doesn’t have a distinct plural second person pronoun. On first glance it might look like he’s referring to a single “you” but amygdala is plural so it can’t be.
…this guy’s pearl-clutching…
“From the image of a genteel woman clutching her pearl necklace in shock… (idiomatic, derogatory) Prim, prudish, or easily offended.”
…that shit test…
Shit tests are things that women do. He just called me a girl.
Niemeier went on to continue in this vein on Google+ especially with the accusations of being girlish, the best being where he orders me to “Grow up, talk to me like an adult male instead of a cat lady with PMS”.
His post is an excellent illustration of rhetorical attack. The point is to trigger the target and make them cry (metaphorically or not). This is the sort of rhetoric you’d expect to see used on an SJW because, not being able to reason with them, people kick them instead.
What happens if the target isn’t an SJW? What happens if the target is someone who’s been studying rhetoric and trying to teach himself how to spot and use it? Well, not what it’s supposed to do that’s for sure. This is another reason why studying rhetoric is so important. It gives you the tools to be able to spot attacks like this, see what the aggressor is doing, and if you’re inclined to be hurt by silly insults, understanding where they’re coming from and why should certainly help to avoid being hurt. Knowing rhetoric also allows you to hit back and to analyze what you might have done wrong in responding to the other person.
It’s a tool like a hammer. You use a hammer with nails. You don’t use a hammer with screws. So in order to use rhetoric, you need to make sure first that you’ve got a nail. If the person shows up and starts calling you a cowardly piece of shit instead of addressing points, as seen here previously, then it’s a pretty safe better they’re a nail. But in that case, I googled every one of them. I also didn’t go far enough because my response one in particular would have be different if I had taken the time to read more of her blog and see that she was bipolar.
You won’t be able to research everyone who attacks you, but you also don’t have to respond to everyone who does. I know this is hard for internet egos to understand but when someone talks about you on the internet when you’ve set yourself up as public figure, they’re not actually talking to you. Sure, there’s some “notice me, sempai!” types but some people just want to have discussions and make comments without wannabe e-celebs butting in.
Learn rhetoric. Learn how to use it. Learn when to use it. It’s good for you.