Monday, September 21, 2015

Intellectually saucy

This weekend, Hillary Clinton apparently gave an interview to a sympathetic journalist. He asked her to describe herself in three words and she responded with five "I am a real person." Now everyone is having a field day. The brick bats are coming from the right wing primarily but what I find interesting is why, in this particular instance, it has spurred such a cultural response.

That is a clever jab, complimenting the reader on his assumed knowledge of the Turing Test.

Then there is the allusion to the Voight-Kampff test to identify androids in Philip K. Dick's Blade Runner

So much of political commentary is simply pugalistic verbal barbs. Why are they clever here and not in most cases?

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