On the whole, it's probably not possible to change someone's opinion in an online discussion, be it on Facebook or Twitter, or anywhere. There are a lot of ways this this is pointless, and a lot of common traits to these discussions. I suppose it probably feels like this, whichever way you're arguing, whether you go into a right-leaning/leaver-leaning discussion with the opposite view, or vice versa. It's not quite that clear-cut, of course since Brexit is an intersectional problem. However, it's probably fair to say that a huge amount of Brexit support is also right-leaning, or anti-liberal left.
Here are a bunch of pointless things that I'll have thrown at me, regardless of any tone I take in a debate:
- It's not racist because I (a white man, usually) don't think it is
- You're virtue signalling - i.e. you're expressing something from your conscience and by doing that it's invalid because you're just showing off
- You're just offended - i.e. you have a feeling, not any valid thought
- What about my freedom? - from someone who is not, on the whole oppressed by anything
- You're a snowflake - from someone who is overreacting to criticism
- Well you're not funny - from anyone who is losing any argument, picking at anything subjective they can latch onto
- "Your <X>" - any accusation of anything from someone too stupid to write "you're" - this winds me up the most, because it grates through my brain like nails down a blackboard, and you can't correct them because that only makes them act more stupid
- Boiling the question down to a false dichotomy - clever trick, make the whole discussion pivot on a relatively uninteresting black or white question which totally misses the point - the problem with oversimplifications being that you can then argue the toss on the tip of a big fucking iceberg
- "I want to join in this pile-on" - any insult, or participation from people who have nothing to contribute to the conversation, but identify with the subject matter
It's a real shame.
Fuck the lot of them.