Friday, November 21, 2014

terms abused online: "straw man" and "goalpost-moving"

Straw man and Moving the goalposts both have useful meanings, but online, the more common definitions are:

Straw man: "I don't have an answer to that, so I'm declaring it irrelevant."

Goalpost moving: "I'm declaring I won, and you changed the terms."

The terms are used wrongly but sincerely by people whose belief systems prevent them from seeing what lies behind a facade and what the actual goals are.

ETA: second definition modified after comments below.