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Take a stand. In the face of ignorance and bigotry - don't shut-up, Shut-App!
Take a stand. In the face of ignorance and bigotry - don't shut-up, Shut-App!
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Have you ever felt yourself lost for words or too flustered to react in the face of overwhelming hate, stupidity, misogyny, ignorance or bigotry?

Too often, we reluctantly stay silent in those situations. We're too flustered or exhausted by sheer absurdity, or don't know the facts well enough, or intimidated by the loudmouth idiot, or know what we want to say but can't quite put it together, or always think of the perfect response 10 minutes too late. 

The end result is the same - we're frustrated, they get the alleged upper-hand, and sometimes even sway others around.

Whether it's the racist candidate and his supporters, your homophobic uncle at Thanksgiving dinner, misogynistic colleagues at work, or Facebook "friends" denouncing everything from science to feminism to civil rights - 

I am sick and tired of racist / sexist / xenophobic / homophobic / fact-repellent / logic-resistant people 'winning' arguments and gaining traction just by dint of being louder, allegedly-tougher, or spewing falsehoods without consequence

That's why I came up with "Shut-App!"

It's time to take a stand. Don't shut-up. Shut-App!

I want to make an app that puts the best answers, most persuasive arguments and most rhetorically-powerful responses to all common asinine arguments on all the hot topics - at the tips of your fingers. 

It's a tool that empowers anyone and everyone to take a compelling stand, regardless of access to reading materials or possession of rhetorical savvy. 

How does it work? Simple.

1. Pick the Topic

 

2. Find the senseless argument you're up against

 

3. Discover the best answers and comebacks.

   

  • Shut-App! will cover everything - All hot topics, all answers to all asinine arguments, with your submissions and suggestions helping us keep up-to-date.
  • Shut-App! makes everything accessible on spot - Arguments, facts, answers and comebacks ready to roll, no tedious searches.
  • Shut-App! ranges from persuasive and informative arguments to drop-the-mic comebacks - logic? facts? wit? just utter domination and awesomeness? whatever the situation calls for.
  • All answers researched, devised and approved by US and world debating champions of different backgrounds, genders and ethnicities - to ensure you get the best from the best.

So with Shut-App you can:

  • Clearly articulate your position
  • Elegantly persuade those you wish to persuade
  • Decisively win the arguments you want to win  
  • Own the, um, rear-end of those whose rear-end you want to own
  • And take a stand against ignorance and bigotry.

  

 

 

A tiny bit about us

I've spent my adult life teaching high school and university students the skills of rhetoric, argumentation, logic and debate, and coaching competitive teams. I've established programs for those who could not have it in their schools, and I've volunteered with youths to empower them to stand up, sound their voice, and make sense at that. 

(I'm also a former world universities debating champion)

Collaborating with me is a team of American and international debate champions of different backgrounds, faiths, genders and ethnicities.

The long term goal is to create something deeper and more educational, making this kind of knowledge and understanding accessible to everyone - with deeper roots. But that is a long process, and we have to do something now. 

Let's get it done quickly, then we can move on. It's time to start cleaning this mess up.

 

Risks and challenges

The requested amount is to develop a functioning basic app and make sure anyone knows about it. The challenge will be getting it up and working in time to actually change some minds (or at least unleash our righteous, logical wrath) when it matters most, to develop something beyond the basic, and most importantly - continue to the next stages, beyond Shut-App. The more support we get here, the faster and the better the app we can launch, and the quicker we can start doing something that matters..

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    Comeback Kid

    Thank you! Your support is truly appreciated. You'll receive a personal thank-you e-mail, and achieve eternal fame with your name on the Wall of Righteous Backers.

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    • Personal thank-you email
    • Your name on The Wall of Righteous Backers
    • Eternal fame
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    Master Debater

    You're super. In addition to eternal fame, you'll get a personally-tailored shout-out on your Facebook or Twitter feed, exclaiming your righteousness to the world. Thank you!

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    First Responder

    You're a true hero. For allowing Shut-App to be, receive early access to the beta version, you'll always have first access to any new additions, you will never - ever - pay for anything in-app, you'll get a personal shout-out on your Facebook or Twitter feed, and you'll be able to indulge in glorious satisfaction for supporting the cause of rational, factual discourse.

    Includes:
    • Lifetime premium membership
    • Beta access to app
    • Personal thank-you post/tweet
    • Personal post/tweet exclaiming your glory
    • Your name on The Wall of Righteous Backers
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    Sutter-Apper on Display

    Let everyone know!
    In addition to all of the rewards above, you get a t-shirt exclaiming your righteousness to the world. Choose from:
    "Troll Owner",
    "Pitier of Fools",
    "I don't know what you did today, but I contributed to restoring some logic and sanity to our public discourse, so, looks like I won",
    The Shut-App logo on the face of a regrettable public figure candidate,
    or just the Shut-App! logo

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    • All previous rewards
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    Pitier of Fools

    Have pity for the fool that messes with you now.
    In addition to all of the rewards above, you'll receive a t-shirt exclaiming your righteousness to the world. Choose from:
    "Troll Owner",
    "Pitier of Fools",
    "I don't know what you did today, but I contributed to restoring some logic and sanity to our public discourse, so, looks like I won",
    The Shut-App logo on the face of a regrettable public figure candidate,
    or just the Shut-App! logo

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    Pitier of Fools

    Pity the fool that messes with you now!

    In addition to the t-shirt and all previous rewards, you get:
    A digital copy of "Spot On" - a book by the creator, describing how to apply a professional communicator’s secret tactics in your day-to-day life. Learn how you can systematically find the right thing to say in a given situation, phrase it effectively, convey clearly and persuasively, and avoid (or resolve) controversies and misunderstandings. Useful in both professional and personal settings, for just about anyone. Promise.
    (The book has not been previously marketed to the public)

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    Wise Sage

    New!
    All previous rewards, plus one of the following collections of wisdom about decision making and human behavior:
    "Predictably Irrational" by Dan Ariely /
    "Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow" by Daniel Kahneman /
    "The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell

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    Troll owner

    Ok, this is getting serious!
    In addition to all of the previous rewards, your email comes with a magic button, that allows you to ***summon a world-champion debater to lend you their support in a Facebook / Twitter / Forum argument!!***
    They will either advise you how to respond, or comment themselves, as you choose. Together, you will be sure to perfectly own any annoying trolls, friends, or friend-trolls.
    (one summon per reward)

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    The Debaters Special

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    Special reward for competitive debaters – a 60-90 minutes skype session with the project creator or his coaching staff, that produced numerous local and international debating champions. You and your team-mate are welcome to raise questions, send clips for feedback, ask for advice, discuss strategies and work with us to maximize your chances of winning your debate.

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    Diamond in the Sky(pe)

    New!
    In addition to all previous rewards, you will get a 45-minute Skype session with one of our team members - a US or international debating champion and coach - to consult you in their field of expertise. Have a big interview coming up? presentation? speech? Besides the good deed of supporting us, you can get the finest professional consultation, at the convenience of your own home.

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    Superhero

    That's what you are.
    You'll obviously get the t-shirt, the world-champion debater coming into the ring for you, the glorious satisfaction and everything else.
    But you, my friend, will also help shape Shut-App. You will be granted an active part in its making.
    You get to choose any topic, field or category, and because of you, it will exist on Shut-App, full with answers to all the arguments, witty comebacks and all. What is it that you care about? GMO's? Legalizing pot? Luxembourgian politics? Jordan or Lebron?Taylor vs Kanye? Whatever you say - you got it, and thanks to you, everyone else does, too.

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    The best person in the world

    Tell you what, you get all of the previous rewards, you'll achieve extra-eternal fame with your name on our Wall of Founding Fathers and Mothers, and in addition...you know what, just tell me what you want, and let's discuss it. We're both reasonable people.

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    • Surprise me
    • Your name on Founders list
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- (30 days)