Baby’s First TechDirt Shoutout

Hidden Within The TPP: The RIAA’s Secret Plan To Screw Musicians Out Of Their Rights

While musicians spoke up and were able to get this part of the bill repealed, it should be abundantly clear that the RIAA and Glazier in particular have always been anti-artist, and are focused on figuring out ways to help the recording industry screw over musicians even more. While he lost the termination rights battle, Sarah Jeong and Parker Higgins, over at EFF, have noticed that in the leaked version of the TPP’s IP chapter, there appears to be a hidden attack on termination rights.

To Allies of #NotYourAsianSidekick

As a personal guideline, I always accompany the airing of grievances with constructive suggestions. Quickly, the three things I think allies of #NotYourAsianSidekick should do:

  1. Be aware of, and speak up against, the Model Minority Myth.
  2. Stand up against the anti-Muslim backlash. Yes, this includes paternalistic anti-hijab stuff.
  3. Call for immigration reform.

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Bloviating For The Public Good

Dudebros on the internet like to retreat into “Socratic logic” styles of argumentation to justify all kinds of awful opinions. Once you get to “You’re being irrational” or “Is what I said not logical?” or “That’s not an argument,” you know you’re in for some bullshit.

After four years inside of a philosophy department and three years at law school, I have a pretty okay bullshit detector when it comes to discourse (I wish this applied to poker as well, but it turns out those are completely different talents). As far as I can tell, 99% of these “logical arguments” are riddled with fallacies, assumptions, switch-and-bait redefinitions, inconsistencies, and just plain old willful stupidity. And a lot of the time, this written garbage is used to justify misogyny.

But sometimes bloviated pontification can be productive. Here is a particularly excellent example of great discourse from the great philosopher A.J. Ayer, known best for his work on logical positivism:

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Quasi-scientific logical long-windedness is good for many things, though its primary effects are to delay and to confuse. Use those powers for good, my friends. E.g., to stop rape. 

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Bless you, Professor Ayer.