7 ancient strategies for winning online arguments: Sun Tzu and the art of comment wars

If you write anything on the internet, from tweets and Facebook status update to the hundreds of words I publish every week, you’re going to encounter some very assertive/aggressive comments and – to put it mildly – some chuntering idiots. An actual email I received this week. I’ve developed lots of strategies to deal with the slurry of dumb negativity, while also trying to sieve out the genuine criticisms and valid arguments. Recently, I’ve gone old school and turned to Sun Tzu. The Chinese military strategist, philosopher and warrior died centuries before the Web came online, but the ideas outlined in his classic…

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