So reaching out isn’t breaking any new ground, but it is trying something different than screaming about the Access Hollywood tape over and over. The only glimmering of a revelation from these efforts is that we need to focus less on changing people’s minds and change the tenor of the conversation first. Everyone should turn off CNN, delete Fox News from the planet, stop trying to score some sort of political victory in a 280-character tweet, and refrain from telling strangers on the internet to kill themselves. Facts don’t work, but neither does screaming online. Trump is an anthropomorphic internet comment that got upvoted into the presidency, and we can see where that got us.

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20 thoughts on “So reaching out isn’t breaking any new ground, but it is trying something different than screaming about the Access…

  1. Meh. 🙂

    Also, this: The 2016 election broke reality in many ways, not least by confronting us with the absurd-sounding idea that facts don’t work to change people’s minds.

    That finding about evidence is overstated.

  2. < ![CDATA[Meh. 🙂 Also, this: The 2016 election broke reality in many ways, not least by confronting us with the absurd-sounding idea that facts don’t work to change people’s minds.
    That finding about evidence is overstated.]]>

  3. Oh sorry, that thing where people say “more facts don’t change people’s minds” seems like it’s not accurate.

    I can’t find any links to show what I mean though because the search terms are nearly identical and all I can find are ones in support of that theory.

    Does that make sense?

  4. < ![CDATA[Oh sorry, that thing where people say "more facts don't change people's minds" seems like it's not accurate. I can't find any links to show what I mean though because the search terms are nearly identical and all I can find are ones in support of that theory. Does that make sense?]]>

  5. Yeah I do. I recently posted a piece about this that I can’t find, a review of existing research and attempts to replicate it, that finds that the claim that facts don’t change minds is not as strong as people are claiming it is.

  6. < ![CDATA[Yeah I do. I recently posted a piece about this that I can't find, a review of existing research and attempts to replicate it, that finds that the claim that facts don't change minds is not as strong as people are claiming it is.]]>

  7. But here isn’t the article specifically talking about the Trump demographic?

    Plus, there have been a bunch of books and articles about America’s growing disdain for facts. I have two books on it sitting in my Amazon wish list right now. 🙂

  8. < ![CDATA[But here isn't the article specifically talking about the Trump demographic? Plus, there have been a bunch of books and articles about America's growing disdain for facts. I have two books on it sitting in my Amazon wish list right now. :)]]>

  9. A big problem is how we define “changing minds.“ If we think about the term only as meaning converting someone over to my own point of view, we will almost always fail, no matter what our technique, because a binary flip is incredibly difficult to achieve and takes a lot of time. Instead, we need to think about it more in terms of moving someone along the continuum just one or two steps towards our point of view. If that’s your goal, it isn’t as necessary to be so aggressive or to throw up our hands in failure – which often results in escalating anger. I don’t think any conversation in this political climate is going to be beneficial until we give up the notion of binary victories. Of course, the fear is that we will do it but the other side won’t, and then we’ll look like naïve fools. But if we are, as the article suggests, doing things like deleting Twitter, a leap of faith is going to be necessary anyway.

  10. < ![CDATA[A big problem is how we define “changing minds.“ If we think about the term only as meaning converting someone over to my own point of view, we will almost always fail, no matter what our technique, because a binary flip is incredibly difficult to achieve and takes a lot of time. Instead, we need to think about it more in terms of moving someone along the continuum just one or two steps towards our point of view. If that’s your goal, it isn’t as necessary to be so aggressive or to throw up our hands in failure – which often results in escalating anger. I don’t think any conversation in this political climate is going to be beneficial until we give up the notion of binary victories. Of course, the fear is that we will do it but the other side won’t, and then we’ll look like naïve fools. But if we are, as the article suggests, doing things like deleting Twitter, a leap of faith is going to be necessary anyway.]]>