Posts by linger

  • Hard News: Cabinet and the Reeferendum, in reply to Joe Boden,

    Just high and mighty?

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1876 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    I'm confused. Is the government "ignoring those in most need", or is it "throwing money at" mental health? It seems a difficult combination to pull off.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1876 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Cabinet and the Reeferendum, in reply to Neil,

    And also (almost inseparably tangled up with "learnt", but persisting into the next generation regardless of environment), an epigenetic contribution further limiting impulse control and increasing base anxiety levels.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1876 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Cabinet and the Reeferendum, in reply to Moz,

    I wouldn’t want to deny anyone their faith, nor to disrespect anyone’s reasons for avoiding alcohol. But it was unsettling to realise that the label showing the impurity level was not helping. My student would have been more comfortable with a product label that didn’t mention the possibility of any ethanol being included, because that would have allowed room for a more pragmatic approach, rather than a strict reading. Given a choice between a low-end vinegar with 0.1% ethanol, a high-end vinegar with 0.005% ethanol,, and a cheap product with nobody-knows-and-nobody’s-saying-how-much ethanol … as she saw it, she’d have to choose the *last* of those.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1876 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Cabinet and the Reeferendum, in reply to steven crawford,

    Apart from Twitter basically being a synonym for “please cite source”, dosage matters. One molecule of anything isn’t going to spoil your day.

    Tangentially related: one of my Muslim students was worried about sourcing alcohol-free vinegar. By which she meant, guaranteed 0.00000% alcohol. Problem being that almost all commercially available vinegar has ethanol as an impurity (typically around 0.1%). The fact that this isn't enough to cause any physiological effect, and that some fruit on your grocer's shelf will have higher levels of alcohol, did not reassure her in the slightest. Religion trumps chemistry.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1876 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Digital persuasion and the…, in reply to steven crawford,

    They want people to be forced to use the windows instead of Windows?

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1876 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Rip It Up: A history of us, a…, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    Seems roughly commensurate, actually. NZ newsrooms mostly switched to computer layout during the mid-1980s. (Allan Bell was able to carry out studies of the process of news editing in 1984, based on physical drafts, that by 1988 had become impossible to replicate.)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1876 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The economics of shit speech, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    disdain

    ...or alternatively, after having read it, you feel the need to de-stain ...

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1876 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Cabinet and the Reeferendum, in reply to Trevor Nicholls,

    Toothless, but still sucking away,
    gumming the issues, and the works.

    Just a shame that Labour has ended up offering so little of a contrast on so many matters where they promised to make a difference…

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1876 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The economics of shit speech, in reply to Matthew Hooton,

    Yeah, nah.
    For any individual column, the definition has to rely at least partially on the reader's (perhaps unreliable) assessment of the columnist's intent, because we need to know the relationship between the columnist's expressed opinions and the facts available to the columnist. If there is no necessary relationship, or if the opinions expressed are directly counter to known facts, the columnist is either bullshitting (if they don't care either way) or willfully misleading. Either could, and should, be called "shit speech", in the absence of some other signalled intent (such as satire).

    But if the columnist is explicitly advocating hatred of or violence towards some sector of society (e.g. cyclists), then "shit speech" is in fact an undeservedly generous label.

    And consistent patterns across the same person's columns, or even more generally across many different columnists hosted by the same media provider in the hope of achieving some institutional gain, are much easier to assess.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1876 posts Report Reply

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