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This bot expertly baits Internet imbeciles into losing arguments
By Caitlin Dewey The Washington Post
Published Oct. 10, 2016

Civic discourse has skidded into what we might politely term a "rough spot." So much as mention the election or trans bathrooms or Black Lives Matter and you're in for an argument.

But next time you're watching your cousin's Facebook wall devolve into a flame war, or bravely facing the constant cable news onslaught, please remember that matters could always get worse: On Twitter there are people arguing with bots.

Those bots -- slyly named @good_opinions and @opinions_good -- are the work of Nora Reed, an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based activist and artist. For the past three months, both have been tweeting bland, vaguely liberal opinions like "feminism is good" or "I think Donald Trump is awful," and then firing off one of 18 canned responses to anyone who questions them. (Reed, needless to say, is a progressive activist -- but one imagines the results would be much the same if someone on the other side deployed bots to troll progressives.)

Those responses include "wow," "your (sic) wrong" and "Google it" -- otherwise known as the holy trinity of Internet rhetoric. And while they're not particularly sophisticated or provocative arguments, a lot of people are ... arguing back at them.

"The project was inspired largely by the responses to my other bots and my experiences with Twitter in general," Reed said. "What I've noticed about these people -- both the ones who talk to my bots and the ones who talk to me -- is that none of them are really interested in conversation. They have preconceptions about people who mention the topics that they're searching for and canned arguments that they want to use, and they're just looking for an opportunity to spew those at strangers."...
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Re: This bot expertly baits Internet imbeciles into losing arguments
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2016, 05:21:06 PM »
:silly:

Wonder how many I've argued with?

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Re: This bot expertly baits Internet imbeciles into losing arguments
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2016, 05:22:16 PM »
:silly:

Wonder how many I've argued with?
Me too. It really makes you think.  :laugh:
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Re: This bot expertly baits Internet imbeciles into losing arguments
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2016, 10:29:29 PM »
A digital version of this:



Nothing new under the sun!

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Re: This bot expertly baits Internet imbeciles into losing arguments
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2016, 10:48:16 PM »
It may explain why certain Trumpettes on this site make the same tired arguments over and over again...
How to lose credibility while posting:
1. Trump is never wrong.
2. Default to the most puerile emoticon you can find. This is especially useful when you can't win an argument on merits.
3. Be falsely ingratiating, completely but politely dismissive without talking to the points, and bring up Hillary whenever the conversation is really about conservatism.
4. When all else fails, remember rule #1 and #2. Emoticons are like the poor man's tweet!

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Re: This bot expertly baits Internet imbeciles into losing arguments
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2016, 05:57:40 AM »
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Nothing new under the sun!
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Re: This bot expertly baits Internet imbeciles into losing arguments
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2016, 08:29:53 AM »
Liberals are generally so unintelligent that they're basically bots. Same canned thought patterns.
I am not a conservative.

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Re: This bot expertly baits Internet imbeciles into losing arguments
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2016, 08:56:26 AM »
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Nothing new under the sun!

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Re: This bot expertly baits Internet imbeciles into losing arguments
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2016, 09:12:10 AM »
I have a 20 year old 8 ball. Still works and everything! They really make them to last- as long as you don't drop em!

How many years of bad luck do you get if you drop one?

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Re: This bot expertly baits Internet imbeciles into losing arguments
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2016, 03:50:10 PM »
How many years of bad luck do you get if you drop one?

What if it gets stuck on TRY AGAIN LATER?
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Re: This bot expertly baits Internet imbeciles into losing arguments
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2016, 06:31:50 PM »
What if it gets stuck on TRY AGAIN LATER?

You convert to Hinduism.

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Re: This bot expertly baits Internet imbeciles into losing arguments
« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2016, 06:38:44 PM »
:silly:

Wonder how many I've argued with?

I doubt I've wasted much time on them. I've become increasingly anti argumentative. I say what I have to say and move on ignoring most further responses.

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I'd rather lose defending the constitution than win at its expense.
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Re: This bot expertly baits Internet imbeciles into losing arguments
« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2016, 06:54:20 PM »
I doubt I've wasted much time on them. I've become increasingly anti argumentative. I say what I have to say and move on ignoring most further responses.

Ah so...

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Nothing should make a man happier than knowing his government couldn't care less about him.
I'd rather lose defending the constitution than win at its expense.
Hitlers are born and die every day without notice. Its the morons who put them in power that are dangerous.
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Re: This bot expertly baits Internet imbeciles into losing arguments
« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2016, 09:46:42 AM »

It may explain why certain NeverTrumpers on this site make the same tired arguments over and over again...
NeverTrump wants to deny you YOUR voice, YOUR presidential choice.

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Re: This bot expertly baits Internet imbeciles into losing arguments
« Reply #16 on: October 30, 2016, 09:49:28 AM »
It may explain why certain NeverTrumpers on this site make the same tired arguments over and over again...

And why Trumpkins' only argument for Donald is "But he's not Hillary." 
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Re: This bot expertly baits Internet imbeciles into losing arguments
« Reply #17 on: October 30, 2016, 09:49:44 AM »
I doubt I've wasted much time on them. I've become increasingly anti argumentative. I say what I have to say and move on ignoring most further responses.

Aye.

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Re: This bot expertly baits Internet imbeciles into losing arguments
« Reply #18 on: October 30, 2016, 09:56:56 AM »
It certainly explains fools like @DCPatriot , @aligncare , @Right_in_Virginia , @katzenjammer , and the rest of their kind.

Personal insults? Tsk tsk tsk. I'm going to tell mommy on you.
NeverTrump wants to deny you YOUR voice, YOUR presidential choice.

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Re: This bot expertly baits Internet imbeciles into losing arguments
« Reply #19 on: October 30, 2016, 10:18:47 AM »
It may explain why certain Trumpettes on this site make the same tired arguments over and over again...
Oh, you're just supporting Crooked Hillary!  :silly: :silly: :silly:
(/sarcasm)

Not just here...
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Re: This bot expertly baits Internet imbeciles into losing arguments
« Reply #20 on: October 30, 2016, 10:37:10 AM »
Personal insults? Tsk tsk tsk. I'm going to tell mommy on you.
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Re: This bot expertly baits Internet imbeciles into losing arguments
« Reply #21 on: October 30, 2016, 11:10:53 PM »
@Oceander  @Smokin Joe

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About the only "Big" Liberals don't revile is "Big Government"

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Re: This bot expertly baits Internet imbeciles into losing arguments
« Reply #22 on: October 30, 2016, 11:15:48 PM »
No child left behind?

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