September 16, 2010

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Enthuses the Oshkosh Northwestern's managing editor:
[Ron Johnson is a] candidate who's awkward, near nerdy on camera, yet earnest and authoritative at the same time.
Authoritative? Authoritative on what subject exactly?

Solar physics or the Second Amendment?

eta: Xoff found some reader reactions.

3 comments:

Free Lunch said...

I found this scrap of paper blowing in the wind:

Dear James Fitzhenry:

You keep using that word [authoritative]. I do not think it means what you think it means. I would not have mentioned it, but it appears that you have something to do with publishing a newspaper. Presumably Gannett does not want to alienate advertisers with illiteracy.

Sincerely,

Inigo Montoya

--

Or it could be that Gannett only pays minimum wage and this is what they get, maybe Fitz is not adequately educated to be able to tell the difference between sounding authoritative while spouting gibberish and being authoritative by actually knowing what you are talking about.

Any bets who is less self-aware in the Dunning-Krueger sense, Fitz or Johnson?

John Foust said...

Yeah, but his lack of self-awareness is what makes him so authentic.

"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'"
— Isaac Asimov

Grant said...

Forecast calls for turgidity with a 55% chance of bombast. Yeesh.