Continuing the discussion from What books are you reading or have finished lately:
Withering deadpan ridicule works pretty good. Just draw enormous logical fallacies from their BS and shove it in their faces until they choke on it. Of course, this only serves to make them brand you as “one of them” and quietly hate you, but that is mostly OK by me. I have no need for a social relationship with people who try to convince me that the earth is flat.
The problem arises when this concerns someone with whom you’re expected to maintain relations. Have you ever been confronted with a purveyor of MLM in your extended family? I never know what to do with those. On one hand I want to let them know in no uncertain terms that their world view isn’t just illogical, but also bordering on evil. On the other hand I’d never be forgiven by my significant other, so I avert my eyes and avoid interaction without being rude. It becomes a form of shunning, which may be worse in some ways, but at least it is socially acceptable.
I personally ascribe the rise of BS to the echo chamber effect. No matter how far out your world view, you’ll find a Facebook group with your name on it. From there, it’s a simple click of a button to block anyone with offending opinions and inconvenient reasoning.