September 16th, 2008

angry - books

"This is a song about the scary things you see from the corner of your eyes"

Daniel Drezner quoted a WaPo story that says:
a series of new experiments show that misinformation can exercise a ghostly influence on people’s minds after it has been debunked — even among people who recognize it as misinformation. In some cases, correcting misinformation serves to increase the power of bad information.
I thought this was interesting (yes, in large part because I hang out with behavioral economists). Collapse )

In other news...

MaryAlice was talking about an incident in Florida where a man found a naked guy in bed with his 15-year-old daughter and beat the guy with a lead pipe and is being charged with assault. I was like, "Well, duh." MaryAlice said, "Well, you can shoot an intruder. A lead pipe is different?" I said that's when you suspect an immediate threat to your person and property -- like if someone's in your house in the middle of the night. MaryAlice was like, "What, rape isn't a violent act?" My first reaction was, "Statutory's dubious..." and my second reaction was, "What, were they in the middle of something when the father walked in?" MaryAlice was like, "Duh." I pointed out that she hadn't said that, had only said the father found a naked guy in his 15-year-old daughter's bedroom. She said, "Yeah, he didn't find them in the afterglow." [In looking up the story now, what I read is, "When he heard noises coming from his daughter's bedroom Thursday morning and saw a stranger standing naked on the girl's bed, he swung a metal pipe. He then chased the teen out the front door and called police."]

I said it was so bizarre that we were on opposite sides of our usual arguments (I kept snarking, "Yes, we totally want to encourage vigilante justice"), and she agreed.

Part of my disconnect, which MaryAlice kind of alluded to in defending the motivations/emotions of the father, is that I just totally don't see my parents being all, "You're deflowering my daughter! Keel!" (And not being a parent myself, I have no idea how I would react in such a situation -- except to make the education guess that I would react similarly to how I expect my own parents would react, because that what I grew up with.) I mean, I have seen my mom get all Momma Bear protective complete with claws when someone is mistreating her daughter, but they're not so much of the attack-first-ask-questions-later school.
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