Unkind Juxtaposition Backfires
I stumbled onto this entertaining little quiz (hold on! don't click through yet) being promoted by anti-Gore nuclear power advocates. The challenge is to distinguish between the writings of Al Gore and the writings of the Unabomber. Interesting. Can you do it? Well, you might respond, it would be easy to cherry pick the most rational statements made by the Unabomber and the most controversial statements made by Gore. I think that's exactly what they did, but it still leaves me thinking that I should probably read the Unabomber's work.
The deck is stacked, but nevertheless, I think I can help you get a good grade! Here's the trick. When you read the item, evaluate it on this basis. Is it an inconvenient truth? If not, give it to the Unabomber. Do you find yourself in grudging agreement with the statement, or asking yourself what the relevance is? Then give it to the Unabomber. Is it more than a complaint? Does it have any aspect of hope? Then give it to Gore.
One irony in all this is that the people who are pro-nuclear are mostly environmental skeptics, anti-Gore types, and the people who fear for the environment are generally opposed to the most likely remedy, which would be, that's right, nuclear power.
Let me know how well you do.
5/30/2006 10:32 PM