I am right and you are wrong. I am going to spend the next 45 minutes telling you why you are wrong. At the end of me defending my statements and telling you why you are wrong, I will feel better about educating you on why you are wrong. There is about a 100% chance you will not listen to anything that I’m saying because you are also spending 45 minutes telling me why I am wrong. But, I’m not listening because YOU ARE WRONG. This is why I engaged in this conversation, remember! It’s a WIN WIN for everyone!
When is the last time you saw a disagreement on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit or Hacker News that ended with someone saying “OMG. You were right. Thank you so much time for educating me on why Facebook isn’t an evil company. I totally trust Mark Zuckerberg now. What do I owe you?”
There are two people that I absolutely admire in the tech world. The first is Mark Suster and the second is Paul Graham. They both were “engaged” in conversations where someone else disagreed with them.
Mark Suster wrote a post called Entrepreneurshit – The Blog Post on What it’s Really Like. Someone on the internet decided that Mark was wrong. So he wrote a post about it (It’s the circle of life, really). It was titled Entrepreneurshit – Bitch, Please. He did eventually change the title, but Mark wasn’t happy with the contents of the post. Here is one & only comment on the post in Hacker News.
The last line is great, but I also think uncharacteristic of Mark. He was playing with the David’s title, so I wouldn’t look too much into it.
Paul Graham, founder of Y Combinator and Hacker News also got into a debate about a disagreement on one of Paul’s articles. I’ll spare you the details of the disagreement but I’ll give you this screen shot of one of his comments:
Another great ending sentence! Paul Graham just spent about an hour on the internet arguing and here he is giving another user the definition of mundane. Paul doesn’t get into many arguments online, but he quickly realizes why he doesn’t do it often.
The result of these debates were entertaining, although my opinions of Mark & Paul haven’t changed. Thanks for the entertainment, but for the meantime I will refrain from arguing on the internet.
Unless, of course, you say something I disagree with. Then I will prove you wrong.