Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Some Tips for Wm Kristol

The internets are an amazing thing and can be a valuable research tool for a would be pundit. Google, for example, is just one of what the young people call "search engines" to help you find out about stuff. Here's the thing, though. A lot of the stuff on the internets is just plain bullshit that people just pull out their asses. For example, Newsmax is all bullshit all the time, and I hope that you have learned a lesson about internets sources.

Bill, I know that you are not a member of the reality based community and that the concept of "truth" is most irrelevant or alien to you, but when you deploy what we call "facts" in an argument, those "facts" are "verifiable" or "refutable" in the real world, and you look like a complete wanker when you use "facts" that aren't "true". A "fact" is by definition "true", so if you use a "fact" it involves a "truth claim". I know; it boggles the mind that people would care about such things, but as a pundit you have to be able to persuade the very people whose reliance on "facts" and "truth" is so mystifying. So try to learn about these concepts.

One of your intellectual forebears, Goebbels, noted that the bigger the lie, the more likely it is to be believed. So stick to the big lies, Bill, that are your stock in trade.

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