Hey, remember a little over five years ago, when I wrote this piece, taking issue with KTK‘s argumentative style? Or how about this one, about four years ago? Or here, two and a half years ago, when I did the very thing I complained about KTK doing? (There’s another one out there somewhere, where Digglahhh essentially threw his hat in with KTK in the comments, but I can’t find it.)
While I singled out KTK in these pieces, the point I was trying to make was more general: That you’re not likely to convince many people or attract them to your point of view if you’re insulting them the whole way.
It seems that recently, the “Bad Astronomer” Phil Plait made the same argument (not specifically directed at anyone), and did a much better job of it than I did:
Be warned, though: The video is nearly 30 minutes long.
Via Plait’s blog.