Sometimes When You Win, You Lose
Posted by Articles [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 August 2013, 2:43 pm

"Any idiot can face a crisis; it's this day-to-day living that wears you out.” - Antonin Chekov

In this era of social media and constant interchange, disagreements have become the norm, and they often escalate into full-blown verbal wars at the speed of a data packet. Each time the soi disant Internet Hate Machine gets going, we get a set of "usual suspect" sort of responses. I'm not fond of any of them, but the one I find most infuriating is the notion that the best solution is for the target to just stand there and take it. That the best thing they can do is let it happen and it will all blow over. Proponents often trot out the geeky quote from the film Wargames: "The only winning move is not to play."

I wish that worked. In practice, that's just another way to lose.

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