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Mon, Dec 12 2005

Dropping a Left Shoulder—and a Hint?

Chuck, over at Just Thoughts, thinks he has a tip on body language for us when it comes to President Bush and matters of truth. I wonder if this sort of thing is covered in Neuro-Linguistic Programming for Dummies. I suppose it could be a sign of stress, rather than a sign of dishonesty. Or both. Or neither.

posted at: 09:21 | category: /Miscellaneous | link to this entry

This Joke's on All of Us

The case of Brian Chase underscores the reason I don't really like participating in group blogs and sites that allow input from several people when that input might appear to be from experts when viewed by the casual online reader. I like Wikipedia for what it is, but I would never take its information as the bottom line in any serious research project. They are a great starting point for general information, and I think what they present is a fine addition to the internet, as long as we recognize that those who present material there might not be experts in any given field of knowledge. I hope Wikipedia stays in the mix and doesn't give up over one person's very bad judgement.

The really sad thing is that, while Brian Chase's actions have alerted many to the pitfalls of trusting this sort of group information as completely factual, his choice to play his joke in this very public way may now result in a sense of urgency that there be more controls and censorship of online material in general—not to mention the class action law suits that will come out of this and may create a precedence that spoils the fun for many who have no ill intentions at all. I hope it was worth it to him because the rest of us are going to pay for his joke a hundred times over.

There's also a good lesson to learn from this whole situation. Before we play a joke on someone we need to be sure we're willing to be responsible for any and all unknown factors that may play into our actions. If we have any doubts we should find another way to have our fun.

posted at: 08:19 | category: /Writing Life | link to this entry

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