Know Your Fallacies (pt. 2) Slippery Slope

A slippery slope argument states that a relatively small first step leads to a chain of related events culminating in some significant effect, much like an object given a small push over the edge of a slope sliding all the way to the bottom. The argument’s structure is generally like this: If we allow “a”… Read More »

Know Your Fallacies (pt. 1) Ad Hominem

So Rush Limbaugh calls Pope Francis a Marxist (like that’s a bad thing). On MSNBC they are talking to some talking head ex-NSA person who starts off his commentary by calling someone a “birther” among other things. (Somehow this is relevant to the subject at hand?) And it got me thinking about why I try… Read More »

Astroturfing

Astroturfing is the practice of masking the sponsors of a message (e.g. political, advertising, or public relations) to give the appearance of it coming from a disinterested, grassroots participant. Astroturfing is intended to give the statements the credibility of an independent entity by withholding information about the source’s financial connection. One-third of all consumer reviews… Read More »

Political News or Merely Propaganda

Much of the nation’s daily political news comes in the form of packaged propaganda, carefully crafted in Washington and dribbled out through TV, newspapers, and the Web. The result of this process is virtual blackout on news that can affect ordinary people.

Gross National Happines, Not GDP

GDP really only measures one thing — money. More to the point, GDP measures the money being made by the interaction of production and consumption in an economy. In reality, money is only one of many factors that determines an nation’s health. Simply put, there are more important things to consider — like happiness, for… Read More »

Use your leisure time to watch TV

Leisure time is meant to be your own free time. It is dangerous (to the established order) for this time to be too boring. You might begin to think for yourself. Television makes boredom tolerable. Television occupies and so distracts. By absorbing attention and time it allows us to refrain from considering the state of… Read More »