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By R Mutt (Sun Feb 17, 2008 at 09:19:42 PM EST) MLP (all tags)
Socioeconomics. Technology spreads faster now. People could like some diversity after all: abstract, paper. [JN SM :(]

Science. Why Prince Rupert glass teardrops explode. Sarcasm and aggression [:(]

Nerd. Lone Wolf gamebooks online. Click "forward". [) :o]

Pics. Lego sculptures [:o]

Polish migration peaks? [(UK) :(]



Key:
[MeFi] = Stolen from Metafilter
[/.] = Stolen from Slashdot
[M] = Stolen from Memepool
[BX] = Stolen from Blogdex
[X.] = Stolen from Christdot
[)] = Stolen from Monkeyfilter
[B] = Stolen from B3ta
[GG] = Stolen from Green Gabbro
[BFB] = Stolen from Big Fat Blog
[BB] = Stolen from Boing Boing
[PU] = Stolen from PopURLs
[S2MM] = Stolen from Stuff I Send To My mates
[JR] = Stolen from Joel.Reddit
[REC] = Stolen from Really Evil Canine
[WTH] = Stolen from Worse Than Hitler
[GR] = Stolen from Grand Rounds
[SM] = Stolen from Stumbling and Mumbling
[[:)] = Needs sound
[:(] = Serious
[:)] = Amusing
[;)] = Ironic
[:o] = Strange
[*] = Flash
[#] = Free registration required
[$] = Possible corporate shill
[NSFW] = Not Safe For Work
[NSFWFUP] = Not Safe For Work For Ultra-Prudish
[(UK)] = UK-centric
[LL] = Late or repeated link
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The teardrop explodes by nebbish (4.00 / 2) #1 Mon Feb 18, 2008 at 01:00:36 AM EST
Didn't know about that, cool stuff

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It's political correctness gone mad!

What a great poll by Rogerborg (4.00 / 7) #2 Mon Feb 18, 2008 at 02:37:20 AM EST
Thanks for spending so much time and effort on it, that's really appreciated.

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Metus amatores matrum compescit, non clementia.
Thanks by R Mutt (4.00 / 4) #3 Mon Feb 18, 2008 at 03:00:13 AM EST
I have the utmost respect for your opinion.

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Thanks for reminding me. by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #4 Mon Feb 18, 2008 at 05:14:21 AM EST
To read the comments before voting in a poll.

I was going to write that sarcasm was a bad thing, but with your witty, incisive and well thought out comment, I realised how great it can be.

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Sarcasm is reactionary by Alan Crowe (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue Feb 19, 2008 at 10:48:08 AM EST
Underlying a sarcastic comment is a shared world view that allows the hearers to decode the comment. Sure, sarcasm has an edgy, dangerous vibe. Those who don't share the world view don't get it and become the butt of the joke. So the sarcist risks hitting his friend as well as his enemy.

Worse, sarcasm wins the debate by closing it down. The opposing world view is invalidated structurally rather than intellectually. Its proponents surrender because they have been laughed at, not because they have been refuted, and a decision gets taken in a way that will lead to anguish if things go seriously wrong later.

So sarcasm forces a kind of superficiality. Below the level of balancing the pro's and con's of a decision lies the question of whether we are considering the issue in the right way. The sarcist dare not acknowledge any such deeper concerns. If he cannot depend on the shared world view, he cannot reliably target his sarcasm to miss his friends and hit his enemies. If he cannot depend on the shared world view, his sarcasm may be blamed later when things turn out badly.

Where there is sarcasm we may be sure that people are sticking to traditional ways of thinking. That is usually the right thing to do, but doing it automatically is reactionary. Sometimes we are doing things wrong and need to think things through from first principles. At these times sarcasm is revealed as a soul-sucking force for evil.

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