But really, it seems like I am trying to combine two different things. One is where people knowingly, or unknowingly read a strawman in place of a post. Examples are everywhere, but the problem is that not everyone would agree that blinders really exist in this example, but that I am the one with the blinders.
The other is when it is clearly evident (to most people) that the post has no bearing on reality. The poster sees a point being made, and pulls out a response from their [del]ass[/del] hat, which not the least bearing on realty, even less basis then with political strawmen. Furthermore, they appear to be mistaking effect for cause. Real world examples include banning books, such as a science book because it "turns our children away from Christianity ", or a book giving positive mention of another religion, such as “Anne Frank” for the exact same reason. I can think of a recent example of this in a cafe society post, from the 30 Days: My So Called Life as a Muslim thread. However, I fear if I were to link to this example, and only this example, it would appear I am trying to pit someone. I am not, however, but instead simply trying to give an example.
Anyway, until I sort out how to describe them better, I am out of look on starting an OP. If TubaDiva, or anyone else wants to email me suggestions, or start their own thread, feel free.* However, really, what I want to know is what the original OP of this thread asked. I am looking for threads which gives me an example of this being discussed. Someone must have run across something in the 6+ years this board has been online, or from the newsgroup , or from the AOL board. TEACHER’S VOICE: Bueller? Bueller? GIRL’S VOICE: He’s sick. (pause)My best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with a girl who saw Ferris pass-out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it’s pretty serious.
*Just as long as you credit me, that is.