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Klaatu Barada Palin

Posted in opinion, politics with tags , , , , , on 2008 October 1 by KLP

This article helped me enunciate the major, non-policy related reason why Sarah Palin bothers me so much. I used think her resemblance to a number of annoying cartoon and sit-com mothers irked me so. But no, my ire results from her apparent difficulty in passing a Turing test. I take that back. What really gets me is that she can fool so many people with what I would call an unsuccessful performance.

Consider the various Sarah Palin quote generators’ eerily similar outputs. Well, they definitely don’t pass any Turing test, but my point is that too often, that which spouts from Palin’s mouth lacks coherence, relevance, even sentience. Her interview transcripts dumbfound. Joe Biden’s slip-ups, however, help prove that he’s not a bot. They demonstrate his fallibility and highlight his character. I have yet to encounter a bot which possesses these traits. As such, if Gotcha Journalism exists, I don’t see it at play here. I entirely understand Palin’s interviewers’ astonishment and recognize that if anything they’re not out to get Palin. They’re just aching to see what happens when they type in penis.

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