There has been a trend of late that I find quite disturbing. It is the “Let’s Redeem A Villain” movie.
Now, keep in mind, I am all about redeeming villains. Were I not, would I have married one of the Evil League of Evil? No. Certainly not.
In fact, I love redeeming villains. I have spent the last 25 years playing roleplaying games where I spend all my time, yes, you guessed it: redeeming villains.
Real villains, too. The kind that it actually take 25 years to redeem.
So, you think I would be part of the natural audience for movies like The Grinch and Malificent. Well, I would have been, had they been done right.
What do I mean by right? I mean: Had these movies been about a villain who was redeemed.
Source: Throwback Thursday: Redeeming Villains: How Not To Do It – SuperversiveSFSuperversiveSF
She doesn’t go into why this might be, but I have a theory
that it’s a demon that it has to do with people not really having a firm grasp on what evil is.
This plainly is the source of the quote. And … it is not a quote at all. It is a summary, by Peter Tompkins, of what he believes that Innocent was saying, in some unspecified text. Whether it is a fair summary or not I could not say; there is, as we can see, no footnote on the paragraph. Whether the supposed verbatim quotations are in fact accurate we cannot tell, but I have my doubts about these also.
Source: “Burned without pity” – a fake quotation attributed to Pope Innocent III – Roger Pearse
This kind of argument is especially destructive to social discourse because it is inherently divisive. It is rarely effective against someone who knows his own mind and understands the reasons for his own position. It can be quite effective against the person who is undecided on an issue, appealing to his desire to appear intelligent to others. It is extremely effective in solidifying and whipping up an audience that is already in favor of the point being defended. To laugh at the opposition breeds a feeling of superiority over the poor benighted fools who have the misfortune of believing as they do. Thus, the feeling of superiority, the ego involved, becomes tied to the position held, so that to attack the position is to attack the ego of the one holding it, which will provoke a visceral response, for the attack is perceived as personal and not principled.
Source: Throwing Stones: Everyone’s Favorite Fallacy – Crisis Magazine
The Department of Justice under President Donald Trump will support Texas officials’ claim that the state’s voter identification law did not specifically target minority voters, retreating from the federal government’s previous stance that state lawmakers intentionally discriminated when crafting the law.
Source: Surprise! DoJ to switch sides on Texas voter-ID lawsuit « Hot Air
Hope springs eternal, maybe we’ll get a good result here. :D
Stylistic analysis, whether manual or automated, can be something of a trap. It’s terribly easy to forget how little we really know about the texts before us, the language which none of us speak as a native and which changes considerably over the thousand years before us, the vagaries of editors, the influence of ammanuenses and copyists, and of the non-literary spoken language, which surrounds the literary text like a warm bath at every instant but is almost invisible to us.
Source: Words, Words, Words: A response to Richard Carrier on Feldman and Eusebius – Roger Pearse
A very, very good point– and it, amusingly enough, reminded me of problem I had with an article earlier today.
The author went from the very good point of how incredibly awesome our agricultural sector is, to…pushing farming as a way to get rich. Uh, no. Paper rich farmers in plenty, but the only (modern) rich farmers or ranchers that I know started out that way! Yeah, you sell the cows and get a HUGE paycheck– the thing is, from that you have to pay for feed, labor…all the production costs.
But this is the same guy who wants to take away water rights and redistribute them in a way that makes sense to him, so it’s more fair and “rational,” without even finding out why the situation is the way it is.
Here’s the video that was cherry-picked to falsely portray Milo as a pedophilia apologist. The conversation that the press mined for quotes occurs from 1:01:38 to 1:06:07 [Warning: NSFW language].
Source: MILO Witch Hunt Unmasks Legacy Publishers, Media – SuperversiveSFSuperversiveSF