Archive for Tuesday, 21st December, 2010


The Pathetic Fallacy

Why do weather reporters etc tell us how to feel about the weather?

Why do they say, as I just saw on one today, that the weather is freezing and miserable?

The weather isn’t freezing, the temperature is.  The weather isn’t miserable.  Misery is a feeling and emotion.  We as people blame our misery on the weather if we want to, but if we are not miserable already, cold weather will not make us so.

They are constantly talking up these negative emotions.

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I just saw this and completely disagreed with the position adopted.  I left a comment to that effect.

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One of my concerns with this is, is the person writing an innocent user, or an interested party adopting a persona for hardsell, putdowns and bullying? Or it might be a challenge to WordPress, a non-explicit appeal to the consciences of the operators.  I don’t know, but I disagreed with the ostensible position anyway.

The one where Bulgarian men had been giving me a hard time?  Well, straight after WordPress Freshly Pressed a post called ‘Words That Make Your Resume Suck’, by Crone And Bear It.

I’m not sure whose support is allowing them to get away with this.

I’ve also had problems logging into my aol account with Opera.  AOL features a number of news stories on its homepage. After several attempts to log in I was taken back to the home page which flashed a story for a few moments, headlined ‘no turkeys here’, then it disappeared and the original set of stories came back.

Is narrowcasting in this way hateful and angry, or is that just a projection of my own feelings every time it hits me?  It’s an invasion of privacy in the life of someone who has not chosen a public profession.  I think the only reason some people deride the idea of boundaries is so that they can cross them with impunity, leaving targets of particular persuasions about openness and honesty etc feeling too embarrassed to challenge and expose them.

I expect my blog to be closed down soon.  If it is I will lose all my material.  If you read WordPress Terms and Conditions you will see they can close down a blog without notice and without obligation.

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