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    and both sides trade insults and facts and rational arguments at the same time..

    how do you determine who is the winner?
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      None.because its a forum
      or...who ever gets doesn't get triggered
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      People on the internet 99% of the time will continue to believe they're right regardless of the evidence shown to them. Outsiders looking in, will usually decide who has 'won' the argument using their own preconceived opinions rather than the evidence presented.

      It's akin to the Ideological stasis chamber people have. Ukip supporters mostly socialise with fellow UKIP supporters, thus mostly have them as their facebook friends (or insert any social media), thus think UKIP supporters are the silent or not so silent Majority. Labour supporters mostly socialise with fellow Labour supporters, thus mostly have them as their facebook friends (or insert any social media), thus think Labour supporters are the silent or not so silent Majority. Conservative supporters mostly socialise with fellow Conservative supporters, thus mostly have them as their facebook friends (or insert any social media), thus think Conservative supporters are the silent or not so silent Majority. Brexit supporters mostly socialise with fellow Brexit supporters, thus mostly have them as their facebook friends (or insert any social media), thus think Brexit supporters are the silent or not so silent Majority. Remain supporters mostly socialise with fellow Remain supporters, thus mostly have them as their facebook friends (or insert any social media), thus think Remain supporters are the silent or not so silent Majority......

      I think you get the point......

      However it's not simply just via the internet. During my time at university I read a very interesting survey that showed, that the vast majority of people in the vast majority of situations will refuse to change their beliefs even if evidence is presented to them, the internet just makes this worse. The main difference being in real life, if people state their opinion has been changed, they're usually lying simply to end the conversation. On the internet people rarely lie that they have changed their mind.

      It's effectively extreme Confirmation Bias.
     
     
     
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