Monday, January 23, 2017

A Little Golden Book

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This new Little Golden Book cover has been credited to “Internet user Tim O’Brien.” This cover is an inspired piece of work. Kellyanne Conway (a Phi Beta Kappa member, by the way) referred to “alternative facts,” not “alternate facts.” I would suggest thinking of the book’s title not as a mistake but as an alternative fact “to,” as Conway says, “that.” “That” being the truth.

See also René Magritte. See also 2 + 2 = 5. See also Harry Frankfurt on the bullshitter: “He does not care whether the things he says describe reality correctly. He just picks them out, or makes them up, to suit his purpose.”

[Can PBK revoke one’s membership?]

comments: 5

Daughter Number Three said...

What are we to think of a person who is Phi Beta Kappa and has a J.D. and puts her talents to these uses? I know I have probably seen something so bad in my lifetime but it's hard to bring it to mind. Maybe that character in Thank You for Smoking, but that was (!) fiction. I know lawyers (and debaters) are supposed to be able to take either side of a case and defend it vigorously, but this... what is this?

Slywy said...

Isn't it alternative facts?

Michael Leddy said...

@DN3, the only answer I have is that it’s bullshit, in the Harry Frankfurt sense, stoked by narcissism.

@Diane, I mentioned that in the post.

Fresca said...

I am so heartened by the many creative (and especially the humorous) acts of resistance to this lunatic administration. Thanks for posting this one--I had not seen it.

Michael Leddy said...

I think that the resistance is only just beginning. (Wait till the animal kingdom gets involved!)