I wonder if it might be pretty valuable if there were a blog-type website that does nothing other than point out recent instances of "#AnthropomorphisingCountries" in the mainstream media, with brief commentary on what the anthropomorphising metaphor obfuscates.
What do you think?
(Well, personally, I agree, but I don't want to be the one to read through mainstream media contents in search of samples. Oh well, we'll see.)
What are all my other not-yet-put-to-any-use web domains again? There's inefficiencykills.com and lowhangingfruitofecon.com, both of which I actually feel pretty motivated to write a "welcome" page explaining the site's intended theme for. And yet, not even that much has materialised to this day. It could still happen, though, I just need to hit upon one of those dopamine swirls that are know to roam certain regions of brainspace.
(Edit: lowhangingfruitofecon.com is not a thing (thank God). It's how I've been referring to a website idea I've had for a while, apparently to the point of hallucinating having bought that domain.)
The quotes seem cherry picked, but I wouldn't be so uncharitable as to accuse the maker of the video of deceitful editing.
Or, slightly more seriously:
- The video is awesome IMO, in that the editing works impressively well and makes for a genuinely good and funny song.
- Perhaps one can appreciate the video as criticism of David Cameron and supporters, though as such I think the criticism is qualitatively weak. On the other hand, it seems like a good caricature of his less sophisticated critics, in that it showcases the sorts of positions that they might genuinely attribute to their tribal opponent.
The authors of this study surveyed a large number (combined N = 800) of social and personality psychologists and discovered several interesting facts. First, although only 6% described themselves as conservative “overall,” there was more diversity of political opinion on economic issues and foreign policy. Second, respondents significantly underestimated the proportion of conservatives among their colleagues. Third, conservatives fear negative consequences of revealing their political beliefs to their colleagues. Finally, they are right to do so: In decisions ranging from paper reviews to hiring, many social and personality psychologists said that they would discriminate against openly conservative colleagues. The more liberal respondents were, the more they said they would discriminate.
from the abstract of Political Diversity in Social and Personality Psychology, by Yoel Inbar and Joris Lammers