Sunday, February 23, 2014

Caption Contest

As always, place your entries in the comment thread below. (As always, the only prizes around here are fleeting fame and the admiration of regular readers.) 

Caption contest image - in honour of David Bullard

Background: This week’s contest is in honour of David Bullard, who took to Twitter in early February to accuse Michelle Solomon of fabricating the account of her rape. It’s hard to believe that anybody would sink so low. But if you missed the ruckus and don't believe me, here’s the Tweet:

David Bullard makes a call to "face facts"

(Bullard starts, as you can see, with a call to “face facts”. When challenged later -- also on Twitter -- about how he could possibly know what he implied, he said that he didn’t “claim to know any facts”. We leave the task of working out whether or not Harry Frankfurt's analysis of bullshit applies in this case, or whether this falls into some other category, to the reader.)

Some related links:

No thanks, rape NGO tells Bullard.
Bullard slammed over rape talk tweet.
Bullard criticised for tweets over rape.
David Bullard provokes outrage over offensive rape tweets.


Anonymous said...

I suppose "Yo Dawg! We heard you like bull..." is a bit too obvious?

Anonymous said...

“Bullshit is unavoidable whenever circumstance require someone to talk without knowing what he is talking about.”

― Harry G. Frankfurt, On Bullshit

Anonymous said...

Here's another topical quotation from Harry Frankfurt's essay:

“It is impossible for someone to lie unless he thinks he knows the truth. Producing bullshit requires no such conviction.”

Anonymous said...

Good:Better:Best :: Bull:Bullard:Bullshit

Anonymous said...

(This is not a caption proposal, it's just a comment.) The bull-related wordplay is very tempting, but I don't think Frankfurt's analysis encourages the view that Bullard was bullshitting on this occasion. One who asserts what he knows he does not know is not a bullshitter, he's a liar. (And one who denies the very facts he'd previously asserted is, furthermore, a pretty incompetent liar.)

Doctor Spurt said...

"Good:Better:Best..." is currently the front runner, I'd say.