On bullshit

News & Politics

The author of a new book declares that we're at the 'tippy tippy bullshit top'...

Gee, ya think? When you've got Bullshit artists calling the shots in everything from the administration (Rove, McLellan, and Swift Boat sleazeball Merrie Spaeth) to children's programming this isn't exactly going out on a limb, is it?

Not to mention a new study revealing that we use media more than we sleep.

Still, Laura Penny, author of Your Call is Important to Us: The Truth About Bullshit gives good interview.

Select excerpts:


Did you have a bullshit-eureka moment that made you decide to write the book?
No, it was really a question of bullshit piling up. There were a lot of smaller Aha! moments, like the day I found Tom Delay and fell in love forever. Tom Delay has a wonderful way of making anything I can come up with pale in comparison with what actually occurs.
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What about Mel Gibson?
He is batshit insane. Just the idea of making a “realistic� movie based on the crucifixion. How do you fact-check the fucking crucifixion?
Is that really bullshit? He may be batshit, but he believes this stuff.
This is one of my problems with public discourse, the way that faith has started subbing in for facts. I’m sure Mel believes he made the most authentic Jesus-flogging picture he could, but that doesn’t make it so.
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Give me a prediction for the next year.
The Republican coalition will start to turn on itself. The sad part is, I don’t know if the Democrats will be able to capitalize. But that’s not a fun prediction. So: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes will form a clone.

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