Posted by: gisspar | June 9, 2009

Two of my favorite things

It’s not often that you see a Pratchett book being used as a metaphor for some bit of science and that’s a shame. Especially in the social sciences. So I was pretty stoked to read this earlier today over at weird things:

In one of Terry Pratchett’s sarcastic allegories, The Truth, the ruler of a vast and powerful city state wondering why in the world anyone needs to start a newspaper, astutely notes that people don’t want to hear something really new and able to upset their worldview. Instead of “news,” he says, people really want “olds,” measured and official confirmations of their preconceived notions. And it seems that according to some recent research,Lord Vetinari was on to something. Not only do people tend to spend more time looking for and reading what supports their current views, they also try to rationalize away well known parodies of their ideologies.

I see something like this and I want to run back to one of my favorite bookstores to tell that one really obnoxious book buyer that Pratchett is really not a YA writer (this guy wouldn’t buy them and wouldn’t stock them because he thought they were stupid; I’m sure Twilight is fine though). Anyway, The Truth and Making Money are really quite appropriate these days.



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