When the first two computers connected to each other through the internet in 1969, nobody knew it would become such a big part of our culture. They had no idea that their discovery would be used to shop and connect ordinary people around the world seamlessly through social media.
Over the years, social media has evolved and become a place where almost anyone can post almost anything. There is also a certain amount of anonymity that comes with posting on the internet. These two factors combined have created what most would agree to be an interesting dynamic in the political landscape where everyone wants to “own” the other side.
Both sides have their “A-Team.” These are the people who can debunk nearly any argument and are seemingly untouchable in online debates. But both sides also have people that aren’t nearly as effective. These people often use more “unconventional” strategies to prove their point and, most of the time, those strategies don’t work.
We have all read at least a couple of arguments on social media that we feel are undeniably awful. Usually, it has very few likes and you can tell that the person desperately wanted a reply. The post usually has either a half-truth, a blatant lie, or an oversimplification of a complex issue.
When we see these comments, it is hard to not reply— especially when the comment is directed toward you. In these situations, conservatives need to ignore the comment. These people are wanting that and a reply is unlikely to change anyone’s mind. In fact, very few people change their minds because of social media posts in the first place.
So how should we use social media?
Calling out politicians and the media when they are wrong is an effective use of social media. When a politician says something either wrong or unintelligent, it’s our responsibility to call it out and, most importantly, explain why what they said is wrong.
Do the same thing when the media makes a dishonest claim, headline, or article.
Spend time calling out the people and organizations are that others are following rather than individuals looking to cause problems.
Calling out fringe ideas doesn’t change anyone’s mind. Minds are changed by showing that our politicians and the media are wrong and calling out those ideas because those ideas are what normal people see and care about.
When conservatives reply to these fringe-type people, it makes us look like we don’t know how to refute the real arguments because we are choosing the easiest ones. That being said, there are definitely exceptions to this.
If a person is constantly replying to you and waiting for you to reply, you should make an example of them. Expose everything wrong with their argument and have a little bit of fun doing it.
Any attacks on your personal character are absolutely fair game. You have the right to defend your integrity and call someone out for blatant lies about you.
Even in these situations, it’s important to think about how people on the outside would look at our posts because we are representing the conservative movement. The point of calling out ideas is to get people to reevaluate their ideas, and calling these types of people out, can make outsiders think that conservatives are out to “own the libs” rather than discussing ideas and policies.
Social media is a vital tool for conservatives in the modern political landscape and it’s important to use it as effectively as possible. When we call out the worst arguments and insults, we aren’t changing minds. Focus your attention on the posts and comments that people are paying attention to rather than ones that are easy to debunk, this will change more minds.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.