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Re: Taking control of the documentary situation, an immodest proposal
Really? Beacuse unless I'm mistaken -- and including Matt's offered
illustration, which argues the purpose of the swollen cavity is
unknown (his word) -- It actually differs from a quote-mine because
they cut OFF a whole segment past the first statement. Nothing was
moved about, nor was it "chopped up" in the sense that what is stated
is misconstrued. What it was is that the caveats that normally go
along with popularistic discussions or press releases are simply
omitted, as is the actual data regarding the swollen cavity.
For crying out loud, Jaime!
Matt explained the "2nd brain" idea at some length, and then proceeded
to show why it's wrong. Dangerous Ltd. omitted the comma I just wrote
and everything behind it. This fits the definition of quote-mining
perfectly. The textbook example of quote-mining is the creationist
practice of (correctly!) citing the passage of On the Origin of Species
where Darwin explains that the camera eye seems difficult or impossible
to evolve and then omitting the next several pages where Darwin proceeds
to explain how it could have happened despite it looking
counterintuitive at first.
As I commented on yesterday's SV-POW! post, however, I do agree with you
that this quote mine may not have been deliberate. Based on their
notpology, I think they were too stupid to understand that Matt ended up
arguing _against_ the "2nd brain" idea -- they thought he was arguing
_for_ it and just fluffing it up with cautionary language or something.
They didn't listen to what they were recording, they didn't read the
transcript, and they didn't listen to what they were broadcasting. It's
hard to imagine that such people -- literate adults in business -- are
even _capable_ of such stupidity, but here's the evidence. :-|