I have a habit of downloading Kindle book samples so I could read the first few pages before buying its physical copy (if I like it), but I was so deprived of a good book to read I just decided to purchase one, and now currently am regretting it because I am 6% through and it’s not even that good. Is there a German word for regretting an impulsive Kindle book purchase, that specific?
It’s not entirely surprising that I managed to finish the third season of Stranger Things in just two days (some people finished it on the very same day it was released!) and needless to say, I love it! I think it is the best season out of all three — although it works in the very format of Ariana Grande’s meme, Season 1 taught me love, Season 2 taught me patience, and Season 3 taught me utter pain and despair! Now I couldn’t get the Neverending Story song out of my head. I thought it will never get worse but some people are just enablers:
I’m a sucker for syllabuses posted online, which seems like a thing going on now — I could never remember any of my university course syllabus posted publicly or even anything remotely this interesting — so I am definitely enrolling in this course.
What do we mean, exactly, by ‘bullshit’ and ‘calling bullshit’ ? As a first approximation:
‘Bullshit’ involves language, statistical figures, data graphics, and other forms of presentation intended to persuade by impressing and overwhelming a reader or listener, with a blatant disregard for truth and logical coherence.
‘Calling bullshit’ is a performative utterance, a speech act in which one publicly repudiates something objectionable. The scope of targets is broader than bullshit alone. You can call bullshit on bullshit, but you can also call bullshit on lies, treachery, trickery, or injustice.
In this course we will teach you how to spot the former and effectively perform the latter.