Re: [scrumdevelopment] Letting attacks go unchallenged
- And a tip o' me hat to you, Sir Ron!Regards,PeteIn a message dated 2/1/2010 12:26:58 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, ronjeffries@... writes:
Hello, Thomasjeffreyanders ontwin. On Monday, February 1, 2010, at
12:07:19 PM, you wrote:
> I thinking statements like bullshit don't do much to move any debate
There is often no word that communicates the idea as clearly as that
I call to your attention the book "On Bullshit", by philosopher
Harry Frankfurt, which spent 27 weeks on the NYT bestseller list.
Just write the damn test, until you can snatch the stone from my hand.
Then, write the test.
Doesn't it seem a bit disproportionate, though? It does to me. I too
am curious what aspect of the human condition causes us to attribute
so much power to these words. The word "fuck" for example - though it
has an accepted definition in common use its meaning is entirely
contextual. It doesn't even convey a useful concept, therefore. So,
why is its presence in speech (or writing) so important to us?_,_.___
Why does a "wardrobe malfunction" produce a massive emotional response including congressional investigations? Beats me. Probably has something to do with the Puritans and maybe that repression amplifies the response.
Having said that, I do live in a less prudish part of the world (more sex on TV, more tolerance for public nudism, less sensitivity to obscene language). Even here, scatological references don't have much place in public discourse - you might occasionally hear 'Scheisse' from a politician's mouth, but it's an exception.
An interesting question is why modesty developed, why it lives on, and whether it will survive the Internet. It seems pretty deeply rooted, but I think that question belongs on a different list...
-- Peter Stevens, CSM, CSPO, CSP www.scrum-breakfast.com tel: +41 44 586 6450