The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Thursday, 04 October 2012]

Lying as a rational strategy

Nic is sad after the first presidential debate of 2012 and explains why lying makes sense for the candidates at this point.

The first of the 2012 presidential “debates” occurred last night. With “debates” in scare quotes since the format used isn’t a debate—it’s a schizophrenic interview. (A real debate would be much more informative but harder to prep for and harder to package for TV, so that’s not going to happen.)

The lies and obfuscations flew fast and hard from both sides, but most shamelessly from Romney. Sadly, at this point in the long, slow grind of the process, it’s probably a great strategy: Lie like it’s going out of style.

Because why not? A voter who’s paid any attention at this point has made up her mind—has had her mind made up since it became clear Romney was the Republican candidate after that long, long slog through the Republican primaries. That unicorn in the mist, the undecided voter, has to be so information-poor or disengaged that if she by some miracle tuned in to the debate at all, she sure as hell isn’t going to read any of the myriad fact checks performed after the lights go down.

So it’s carte blanche for lying through your teeth: Partisans will laser focus on the lies told by the opposing candidate, people who care about the future of America will be sad, and the undecided voter won’t know any better.

Thus our democracy is made.

« Book roundup, part eight

 »


Enjoy the ten latest posts!

Book roundup, part 27

Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.

To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle

“Cancel everything. You’re going into emergency surgery today”

Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.

Book roundup, part 26

Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.

Renewing the nerd card: Installing Ubiquiti UniFi in the house

The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.

The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism

Working in the pod mines

What I wish I’d known when I started podcasting.

It is impossible for a person to begin to learn what he already thinks he knows

Smell the Foam Finger

Nic starts a new podcast about—gasp!—American sports.

Book roundup, part 25

Mostly excellent non-fiction in this installment. Includes Fantasyland, The Miracle of Dunkirk, Das Reich, The Undoing Project, Waiting for the Punch, Vacationland and Points of Impact.