bullshit Archive

"Power Poses" are bullshit

In 2010, three psychologists published a paper on “power poses”, with their finding that people who adopted “power poses” — think of superheroes on skyscrapers — felt more powerful and took more risks. One of those authors, Harvard’s Amy Cuddy, has done a TED Talk about power posing that’s garnered more than 35,000,000 views and has been part of a successful career built …

Trump campaign chief: it's not lying if he didn't know whether it was true or not when he said it

Donald Trump said Lester Holt, tonight’s debate moderator, was a Democrat. Holt is in fact a Republican. Leaving aside why Trump assumed he was a Democrat, when called on this mistake, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway gave this response: Trump ‘didn’t lie’ about Lester Holt, ‘a lie would mean that he knew the man’s party registration’ In other words, it’s not a lie if you …

Broadcasters should time-delay presidential debates, allowing them to mute any outright lies

Dan Gillmor writes: “Time for journalists to declare a boycott on bullshit. Start with muting the sound when Trump lies during the debate.” For the debates, I’d propose an experiment for a brave TV news channel or website. Put the entire program on a time delay, say 10 minutes. This would give the news channel time to do the following:  …

Why Facebook's "It's too hard" excuse for Vietnam war photo takedown is bullshit

On Friday, Facebook started deleting posts containing “The Terror of War,” Nick Ut’s photo depicting a young Vietnamese girl fleeing a napalm attack on her village; Facebook approach this photo with a scorched earth (ahem) policy, even deleting it when it was posted by the Prime Minister of Norway. Facebook’s excuse for this is that “it’s difficult to create a distinction between …

British Muslim detained for reading a book about Syria while on a plane

Faizah Shaheen, via her Twitter profile. A British woman of Muslim descent was detained and questioned by police under terror laws after a flight crew member noticed she was reading a book about Syrian art while flying to Turkey. The Thomson Airways attendant reported her for “suspicious behavior,” which amounted to reading a book. Faizah Shaheen, 27, is not …

How a cooked Assange quote ended up media gospel

Julian Assange. Image: Reuters. Wikileaks, the clearing house for state secrets, seems more about founder Julian Assange’s grudges these days: especially the one for Hillary Clinton. Much fuss was made over a quote—that he had “enough evidence” to guarantee an indictment of her—that was widely attributed to him. It turns out, though, that the quote doesn’t check out: most point to a mangled interview on …