Posts by B Jones

  • Hard News: The fake news problem, in reply to Dennis Frank,

    With a meritocracy, competence determines the outcome. Since such a positive alternative has never been tried...

    Except in the world's most populous country, in various forms over thousands of years.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 974 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: #eqnz: Okay?,

    I can't see how red zoning central Wellington would do anything other than add to people's misery. I have to walk an extra 300m around a cordon to get to work, and half my stuff is in a building I can't access, but I can work and so can thousands of other people, including the ones that make sure peoples' salaries get paid. The economic damage is going to be staggering enough without shutting down a sizeable fraction of our economy just in case. This guy says it better than me.

    In any case, I have a renewed sympathy for Christchurchians, not to mention anyone in Kaikoura at the moment. Even the level of inconvenience I've experienced has been exhausting.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 974 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: No, there isn’t a popular…,

    What makes me chippy is the extent to which educated progressive folks direct their energy into dead ends like fluoridation and anti GM and so on when there are real issues that affect real people that they could be directing their passion and advocacy and so on into.

    If you're not going to bother standing behind your partly untrue words, then you don't deserve the compliment of rational debate.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 974 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: No, there isn’t a popular…, in reply to Dennis Frank,

    There’s normally a list of them on the product label. In very small print, to deter consumers from reading it. Not that they need worry: just about nobody has time to do the research required to get an inkling about what function they are meant to perform.

    You'll have to do better than that. That's a huge claim you've just handwaved away with an argument from ignorance - they're in tiny writing and people don't understand what they're for, therefore they're mind control chemicals. Which additives, and what function do they perform. Supported by links to reputable journals if you've got them.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 974 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: No, there isn’t a popular…, in reply to Dennis Frank,

    Too addled by chemicals in the food injected by capitalists

    What? Which ones?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 974 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The fake news problem, in reply to Russell Brown,

    That actually happened already.

    That actually gives me more confidence. I was talking more about epistemic closure - if Conservative loonies are prepared to fight Facebook rather that working around them to create ConservaBook or whatever, that says a common platform is still worthwhile keeping and fighting for.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 974 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The fake news problem, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    And that sexism coloured every story about her and the election.

    Overt sexism is still more socially acceptable than overt racism, I think, which suggests that implicit sexism will last longer than implicit racism. It's a bit frightening the extent to which overt racism has roared back into acceptability in the US, but it's also pretty damn alarming the number of lefty guys currently stroking their beards and wondering whether the US will ever be ready for a female leader, or locally, whether female politicians should be promoted in case someone thinks they might be getting special treatment.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 974 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The fake news problem,

    I'm pessimistic that even if Facebook do succeed in some quality control, they just get filed by the peddlers of misinformation as The Man, in the same way as I heard someone dismiss Snopes as in the pocket of Hillary or something recently. The real loonies love implying they've been censored. But perhaps the volume on their megaphone can be turned down a bit.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 974 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The fake news problem,

    Insane looniness would have been a pleasant diversion. It was the nastiness I had a problem with.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 974 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The fake news problem,

    I had a go on Facebook to see how reporting a fake news post worked – it basically gave me the option to block the poster or hide them. The damage isn’t done in it annoying me, it’s done in it scaring people without access to the broader information base to assess it.

    Google seems better – if you ask a question common to a conspiracy field it sometimes comes up with a conspiracy answer as a "featured snippet", if credible people haven’t specifically addressed it. I’ve reported those, and noticed later that they don’t show up as often. It’s not perfect, but something seems to be happening in their little black box of processes.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 974 posts Report Reply

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