Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Pooterism

There's a lovely Pooterish moment on the Daily Ablution today:
The implication here is that the opinions of a "professional" - like, let us say, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown - are somehow superior to those of the average informed and interested observer. I see no reason to assume this to be the case. If I was to become established as a highly paid professional blogger (Inshallah!), while Ms. Alibhai-Brown simultaneously quits her job to maintain a non-income-generating blog, would the objective values of our observations suddenly be transposed?

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

what's wrong with this?

5:49 AM  
Blogger Dave Heasman said...

"what's wrong with this? "

Well, under what circumstances are Brown & Burgess' positions likely to be reversed?
How about Brown starts posting drivel that doesn't connect with anyone's experience, and Burgess starts posting sense which appeals to a wide range of people. That'd do, wouldn't it?
and then "the objective values of our observations" would "suddenly be transposed", wouldn't they? That's all it'd take.

8:19 AM  

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