S00:E05 - "Glossary"
Episode 48 • Published Jun 29, 2020
Thinking about terms and concepts.
- (S01:E01) The Soundboards
- (S01:E08) Butt Stevens
- (S01:E08) Huell Howser
- (S01:E09) Big Dogs
- (S01:E11) CICPS
- Council at the Institute of the Center for Politics and Society
- Aaron is CEO, Andrew is president
- Both have large salaries and no responsibilities
- Slogan: “We disambiguate complexifiers for the good of humanity.”
- Also announcing our new PAC, BackPAC. A return to normalcy for all!
- (S03:E13) Ben Shapiro
Thought Technologies & Args
- (S01:E05) Thought Technology: “…for who?”
- A thought technology to avoid the trap of tactical framing: append any assertions that are made like, “this will be too drastic”, or “this is too expensive”with the question: “for who?” Or, “to who?”
- (S01:E07) Thought Technology: posting as unpaid labor
- (S01:E11) Thought Technology: Maybe They’re just Poor
- The idea is to stop when you see a meme which is based on mocking a person (maybe for their style or weird behavior) and ask yourself: is this really about them being a bad person, or could this simply be the result of them being in a very bad spot?
- (S01:E14) Thought Technology: De-contemptify
- Any time I bristle at somebody “having it easy” or being “spoiled” I stop and ask myself, “is this actually just a decent and good thing for them that I’m only upset about because I’ve internalized a rationalization of late capitalisms awfulness by telling myself it was, basically, vitamins for character that was good for me?”
- (S02:E02) Thought Technology: efficiency vs. efficacy
- When you double efficiency your halve efficacy.
- Efficiency masks other failings because it gets adopted as the supreme metric. Once you pull back the curtain, you can see that making efficiency your god usually distracts you from more mundane but crucial areas of focus.
- EX:// Infrastructure
- Algorithmic systems which predict the most efficient areas for road improvements cause people to stop paying attention to the maintenance of less efficient areas, which become degraded and require_more_ work than if they had simply been maintained.
- (S03:E03) Thought Technology: You’ve seen it, or you’ve been shown it?
- Remember that the media, whether consciously or unconsciously, is providing you a biased narrative.
- They show you things that drive engagement and attention. Usually, this involves the most extreme examples (see nutpicking, S03:E02)
- “The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.“ - George Orwell, 1984
- (S03:E08) Arg: Small Business Owners
- New Arg for “what about small business owners?”
- “What about small business workers?”
- (S03:E09) Thought Technology: Disney-brain
- Disney completely short-circuits otherwise normal brains somehow
- (S03:E09) Thought Technology: Just Unfollow
- (S03:E10) Arg: Revolutionary Disruption
- There is much opposition to radical or revolutionary societal/national changes for fear of the likely disruptions to everyday life.
- If everyday life is already being disrupted, why not make radical changes?
- This is particularly true when the possibly painful changes we’re avoiding would likely solve the underlying thing disrupting our lives.
- With this in mind, we have even more opportunity to do big and radical changes during disruptive and chaotic times.
- (S03:E11) Thought Technology: Better ≠ Good
- Just because something is “not as bad” as something else doesn’t make it acceptable.
- It’s Not That Hard
- Whatever They Accuse You Of Doing Is What They’re Doing
- (S01:E02) Workism
- (S01:E09) Strivers
- A Striver is someone who fully buys into the Capitalist American Dream
- They’re always going somewhere, never happy with where they are, always comparing themselves to everyone else
- They have a tendency to make you feel bad, sometimes passively, because they need to know they’re better than someone
- (S01:E13) Nequal
- (S03:E02) Dummy Chum
- events, propaganda, memes, or messages that activate the stupidest ranks within any given group/movement/fanbase
- (S03:E02) Nut-picking
- using a whacky outlier position as if it represents a whole group. (basically weak-man fallacy)
- Ex:// sharing a post of a fringe BLM activist who states that it’s racist to speak to white people and holding it up as representative of the views of the entire movement.