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Usually, as the Barbados BlogWatch (BBW) editors sit around the table at their breakfast editorial meeting, with their smoothies from fresh Lucian bananas blended with a little milk and a lot of raspberries and cranberries, seasoned with a sprinkle of cinnamon and the tiniest hint of nutmeg, they worry whether BU Family Member De Rok will invade dey house.

Dis are a Konstant Koncern in de BBW household, understandably, since de Rok has said publically and internationally on Barbados Underground that he doesn’t waste his time making idle threats.

So BBW writers are normally reticent about inciting the wrath of the Rok, wid he terrifying manliness and he knowledge of de adolescent sex slaves and so on. We put the young ones to sleep under the floorboards and our spouses, like Bushie the Dickbrain Bushman Tea, keep fondling the Glock in case a member of the Barbados “Underground Family” comes crashing through the window in the early hours for his date with destiny.

But we are overcoming our fear. We got a mail from a reader. The reader was concerned about this thread on Barbados Underground. We reproduce the mail in full, without editing. The reader says he sent this to “David” at Barbados Underground. For some reason “David” chose to spike it. We’re sure “David” knows what “spike” means in this context. The “davids”, after all, are the fifth estate.  So, of course, LOL.

Here we go:

“Unadulterated horseshit from cut-and-pasted beginning to cut-and-pasted end. In more than 2,000 words, not a single original thought. Count them: zero.

You see, Terry (everybody knows it’s you, Dr. Terence), one of the constant dangers inherent in trying to build an argument by plagiarizing the thoughts of others is that one of your cut-and-pasted sources might contradict another of your cut-and-pasted sources. The truly gifted cut-and-paste merchant will at least make some minimal effort to mitigate those dangers. And of course it goes without saying that someone with an original thought won’t cut and paste at all.

But if you are a professional cut-and-paste merchant, as you are, Terry, you will inevitably confuse your brighter readers if you tell them that “racism is a social constructed system” when you’ve already told them that “the fact is that within the collective white psyche there is a profoundly entrenched predisposition for racism.”

Seeing the problem here, Terry? Either racism is somehow genetically embedded in the white psyche, or it’s a social construct. You cut and pasted divergent sources, when it might have been a better option to make some effort to think for yourself.

And Terry, is it really true that “whites are exclusively writing the educational curriculum”? Serious question. How many whites are “exclusively” writing the educational curriculum in Barbados? Or St. Lucia? Or St. Kitts? Or for that matter Sudan and Cameroon and South Africa? How many? Tell us, Terry. Cutting and pasting only gets you so far, Dr. Terence. After that, you have to think. Actually, even BEFORE you cut and paste it’s better to think.

In his epistle to the unenlightened from a land far away, Terry also tells us that “Some elite proponents [whatever that’s supposed to mean] are now arguing that the concept “IF YOU CAN’T BEAT ‘EM – JOIN ‘EM” has been turned on its head by those who wield power. Black women in Hollywood today are now lightening their skin dramatically in order to find acceptance in terms of the industry mandates & standards, socially, culturally and economically.”

Now Terry, I’m sure you’ve noticed that there is a shop at the Sheraton Mall in Barbados. Well, perhaps you haven’t noticed this, Terry, since you don’t actually live in Barbados. On the contrary, for many years you have freely chosen to dwell among the mind-altering, inherently racist and intrinsically subjugating devils in a land across the sea. But as someone who does actually live in Barbados, I can tell you that there is this particular shop at the Sheraton. It’s right there on the right-hand side as soon as you come through the main door from the car park. It sells vitamins and minerals, and also stuff that idiots will buy to cleanse the colon (rather than, say, just drinking a lot of completely free tap-water, which has exactly the same minimal effect). And the shop has entire shelves devoted to skin-lightening products. And some people must be buying this stuff because there is always a good stock of it.

So what do you think, Terry? You think the people who buy this skin-lightening stuff are idiots? You think they’re buying it, at a shop in Barbados, because of Hollywood “industry mandates & standards”? Myself, I wouldn’t dare to judge them, or their motives.

Moreover, Terry, I’ve had cause in the recent past to remind your fellow BU family member “Bushie” that mixed metaphors are never an aid to understanding among your readers (or, in some cases, among one’s patients). A woefully mixed metaphor like “stirring the age-old pot of racial hatred & supremacy and fanning the flames” forces the reader (or the patient) to do a rapid mental scan that undermines comprehension (readers) and is inimical to mood (patients). It makes them think, even if only in the subconscious, whether you can stir a pot while simultaneously fanning flames. And the microsecond it takes them to think about that is the microsecond in which you lose them.

Terry: can you tell us more about what you think the Halo effect actually is? I happen to know a little bit about this. Thorndike never once, in all his writings, associated the effect with skin colour or race. He was brighter than that, and he was certainly brighter than you. Never cut and pasted a single plagiarized sentence in his whole career.

Terry again: “In an age of hyper-reality, many [how many? where? name them; sources?] Black folks argue that whites today have developed hyper-personalization where they are unable to logically and coherently discuss issue of ‘RACE’.” More horseshit, and demonstrably so.

You do offer, though, Terry, a lengthy definition of the Halo effect from a book you haven’t actually read in full. I have read it in full.

Let me recommend that you read about another, empirically proven effect. It’s called the Dunning-Kruger effect. Like the Halo effect, it is a cognitive bias.”


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