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  •  I think he did Daily Kos a great service (2+ / 0-)
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    Adam B, Caipirinha

    The whole sordid affair had a huge upside, as it exposed all the pseudoscience Internet forensic experts that start posting reams of "analysis" whenever they want to deny a photograph.

    Those analysts usually have no qualifications beyond "literally years of experience using advanced features of Photoshop," (translation:  "I'm a user"); but confidently written technobabble can be pretty convincing to laypeople, even though it's written by another layperson.  With Weiner, it got so bad that even Jon Stewart remarked on his show how the blogosphere was inspecting EXIF headers and such like, as if this constituted some kind of evidence.

    This is a special case of a broader problem, that ideologically motivated people will doubt evidence they don't want, and embrace evidence they do want, leading to a society where everyone has his or her own set of facts.  The former happens when doubt leads people to invent and believe "anomalies" that rationalize the doubt.  We can't have that in a reality-based community, and now we have one more weapon against it:  remind everyone about the Anthony Weiner fiasco.

    So, sure he lied to us, but he did a great job exposing how we lie to ourselves, so much more and so convincingly.

    Taking jokes seriously is the exact mirror activity of laughing if someone says they have cancer. --jbou

    by Caj on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 08:15:56 AM PDT

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