How to counter inflammatory provocateurs like Milo Yiannopoulos
Your Wise Old Young Man here, Rashid Elhawli. I’m here to start a video series about social commentary and commentating on what’s happening in our surrounds, whether it be immediate or globally. This is just a personal thing because I naturally do it anyway, so I thought why not share it with others.
To start off, I really couldn’t think of anything better than Milo Yiannopoulos coming to Australia. I don’t want to specifically talk about him, but what I do want to talk about is how we can counter noxious, obnoxious jerks like him.
I think when it comes to people like that, we need to hold our nerve, first of all. Because one thing that they’re very good at doing is welling up emotion and outrage in most of us. I think that’s where they catch most people by surprise, with the outrage factor. Even if you look at the news channels, you find most of the journos actually caught by surprise or taken by surprise by the amount of outrageous or provocative comments and rhetoric that he comes with. But rather, you need to hold your nerve and make sure that they’re backpedaling from the start.
One way to do that is to undermine some of what they supposedly stand for. It’s always a good way to get them on the back foot. Then once they’re on the back foot, you need to capitalize and keep moving forward with that. One thing you can always do, or you should do, is to do your homework beforehand. These people normally have their buzzwordy topics that they like to talk about, and pretty much that’s their claim to fame. You need to be able to overcome all of that and then have your own counters and rebuttals for their most famous and common arguments.
Furthermore, there’s trying to infiltrate into their own followership. You need to undermine them as a person and show a dishonest, disloyal side to them. I think that’s why a lot of young people in particular get caught out with people like Milo, because they really get caught into the emotional side of things, whereas it’s really a game of strategy.
Hopefully, people can heed this call and start being a bit more wise. Yeah, I’ll put it that way, a bit more wise in how they counter obnoxious, arrogant, loud people. It’s gone too far to sit back and say, “Stop giving him attention.” He’s already got 2.3 million followers on Facebook, and there are others like him of course but he seems to be the loudest at the moment. But one thing about the loudest drum is that it’s normally the emptiest one. With that, I bid you goodbye, and hopefully we see each other again soon. Take care.