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Chris Dierkes

Chris Dierkes (aka CJ Smith). 29 years old, happily married, adroit purveyor and voracious student of all kinds of information, theories, methods of inquiry, and forms of practice. Studying to be a priest in the Anglican Church in Canada. Main interests: military theory, diplomacy, foreign affairs, medieval history, religion & politics (esp. Islam and Christianity), and political grand bargains of all shapes and sizes.

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  1. Avatar angulimala says:

    Mssr. JB understood that the now quaint notion … that people shouldn’t take people’s quotations out of context and turn them into something else is at this point expecting too much. It’s gone.

    To “take a quote out of context” usually means, and is understood to mean, to knowingly attempt to misrepresent what someone else was saying/writing in order to misrepresent the beliefs/intentions of the speaker/writer. But what should we call it when the person doing this does not believe he is misrepresenting the intentions of the speaker/writer? What do we call it when the person doing this believes, instead, that he is actually exposing the ‘hidden’ intentions that the speaker/writer was himself attempting to conceal? If I was already convinced that Obama does want “death panels”, because of my pre-existing beliefs about his intentions, and is using euphemisms and even lies to conceal this from people, then is it really accurate to say I am taking his quotes out of context when I (apparently) twist his words in order to back up my assertions?

    This isn’t always just for nutters (though, for the record, I think the “death panel” nonsense definitely is). People do lie. People do obfuscate. People do use euphemisms to conceal the truth. People sometimes do speak in “code” that, like an inside joke, has ‘hidden’ meanings that cannot be seen just by taking the words at face value. I know this because I’ve done it.

    How do you break through to a person like this and get him to question the underlying assumptions?

    Sorry if this seems pedantic, but it’s something on my mind now.Report

  2. Avatar Michael Drew says:

    Phoenix police estimate 12 people among large crowd with firearems outside Obama event there:

    http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2009/08/armed_and_ready.php?ref=fpblg

    Likely (to say the least) a bigger danger for the assembled crowd than the Commander in Chief.Report

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