It shouldn’t be a surprise that few people want to debate someone who is against vaccines, especially when you become familiar with their typical debate techniques.
Anti-Vax Debate Techniques
Since all arguments against vaccines have been refuted a thousand times, what do these folks do when they get in a situation where they have to talk to someone about vaccines or vaccine-preventable diseases?
- copypasta – arguments, stories, or links that people save and repeatedly copy and paste into online forums and Facebook groups.
- gish gallop – trying to drown or overwhelm someone in arguments, often by posting copypasta.
- firehosing – similar to a gish gallop, but occurs “over time and in multiple venues.”
- JAQing off – these are the folks who say that they are “just asking questions…”, but aren’t really looking for answers.
- cherry picking – when someone chooses to only use information that fits their beliefs (often conveniently packaged in anti-vax binders), ignoring any and all other information that would prove them wrong.
- gaslighting – making someone doubt their reality.
- scare stories – telling vaccine injury stories are perhaps one of the prime tools that are used to scare parents on the Internet.
- vaccine choice – why do some people think that “they” are going to force their kids to be vaccinated without their consent?
- false balance – when all opinions are given the same weight, even those that have no facts to back them up or have already been disproven and discredited.
- dismissing everyone they disagree with as Big Pharma shills.
Whatever technique they are using, don’t fall for it.
“Well, if you’re going to inform yourself about vaccines, I think anybody who’s truly informed will realize that getting a vaccine is much better than not getting one. If you’re choosing not to vaccinate your child, it’s because you’re getting, frankly, bad information about vaccines.”Paul Offit, MD
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