There is a conversational technique called “frame control” where one person can arrange to control the interaction in any way he or she so chooses.
The term frame control implies a subtext of psychological manipulation on the part of the speaker.
(This carries over into writing.)
The epiphany: when someone is writing or speaking as to invite controversy, if they establish frame control, you have two choices:
- Agree with the speaker.
- Leave the conversation.
Discussion under these conditions serves only one purpose: maintaining the speaker’s frame.