There's these studies about how once you commit to an opinion in front of someone you're less willing to back down from it even in the face of new insights; and online in 2018 has this culture where people rush to comment on everything that happens as fast as possible, you know? Is that a good combination?
@Gargron In his book, _On Bullshit_, Frankfurt talks about something called 'bull sessions', where people try out new ideas and argue things in front of friends and colleagues as a way of auditioning ideas - absent commitment.
I'd kind of thought that labelling something a 'hot take' was a way or partially disclaiming the idea while trying it on, like a bull session.
For me, this is part of working out and clarifying my thoughts.
Others may approach this differently, of course.
@Gargron those studies are fascinating and sad. I try to break from that norm and I'm sure I don't always do well at that
@Gargron I know it wouldn't actually solve anything, but I was musing with my wife last night about adding a 1 hour delay to any tweet. You have to come back and say yes I still want to tweet this.
@Gargron I feel like I've experienced this a lot when I'm wrong in technical arguments.
If I can see where I'm wrong, and explain "Oh, I get what you mean, I was wrong", it's a semi vulnerable position.
And so their reply is almost always
Extra explanations of why I'm wrong/generic "you should've known"/nothing.
It's like the second you make it a disagreement, there's something on the table. There's no motivation there to backing down, and I wish it were more acceptable.
@Gargron eh studies are studies, but im not sure they're really describing anything like a rule of human behaviour. it's just logical that if you say something, you'll be less likely to say the opposite because why would you be MORE likely to express a contrary opinion?
@bmichael The rule of human behaviour is that it's harder to change your mind once you have told other people about it, because it's embarrassing.
To read more about it, see R. B. Cialdini's "Influence: The psychology of persuasion", chapter 3 "Committment and Consistency"
@Gargron The effect that it's had on me is that if I start working on a personal project, I'll inevitably talk about it online, which will put so much pressure on the project that it's not fun anymore.
I used to think that growing up without internet at home set me back, but nowadays I'm kind of thankful for that.
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