Thursday, August 25, 2005

Comment boo-boo

Hey hey, I just couldn't resist! Given who this comes from! Commenting on my previous post Representation boo-boo, Ravikiran, who *must* be the man behind one of my favourite blogs The Examined Life, asks me - Can you please learn to distinguish between a "difference of opinion" and a "boo boo"?.

I'm going, what? Youre telling me there's some laid-down-in-rock Oxford-Dictionary meaning of "boo-boo" and I violated it in that post? I'm like, ohhh yeah.

Larger and more populous states get an unfair advantage in the representation process is mistaken. IOW, fits my definition of "boo-boo".

Hafta run now, y'all! Back to more usual get-up in a few days.


Blogger Ravikiran said...

OK, then please check your definition of "unfair". The UN General Assembly has just one vote per country, regardless of its population size. Is that unfair to countries like India and China, which have a large population and biased in favour of a country like Mauritius? The answer is "no", because the UN General Assembly is an association of countries, not a representative body of citizens.

India is supposed to have a *Federal* structure, which means that it is supposed to be some trade-off between a union of people and a union of states. Being fair in the "union of people" sense means that you should distribute seats in proportion to the population. Being fair in the "union of states" sense means that you should give equal weight to all states, regardless of size. The Americans resolved this problem by having two houses in their Congress, with different formulas for the two of them. We, apparently imitating them, had two houses ourselves, but for no good reason, distributed seats in both of them in proportion to population. Nilu wants the balance to be changed.

I am not arguing that he is right. Perhaps the position can be argued with. But if you implicitly assume that "fair" means dividing seats by population and no other meaning is even thinkable, then the joke is on you.

August 25, 2005 10:37 PM  
Blogger Nilu said...

Thanks Ravi.

I was really wondering if I should restate the obvious and actually get into an argument at all. But a third person doing it helps all of us ;)

August 26, 2005 6:02 PM  
Blogger amit varma said...

Purvi, this is in response to an earlier post of yours, in which you misled your readers about a post of mine. You wrote at one point: "his article is written after this storm, but it very quietly offers readers of the Asian Wall Street Journal the impression that it was during this storm that Amit almost fell into the manhole."

I've inserted the link so that readers can read it for themselves. My comment on that:

"I think you should read the pieces carefully that you claim to be commenting on. In "When it pours", the fourth to the ninth paras are clearly generic descriptions of what it is like in Mumbai when it rains, and not an account of this year. (The fourth para begins "Every year Bombay is badly hit on at least a couple of days during the monsoons, as the city shuts down because of too much rain." and continues in that vein.) You need to improve your reading and comprehension skills.

I think you owe me an apology. Either you made an honest mistake, or there is dishonesty involved here. On your part, not mine."

If your mistake was an honest one, an apology should follow. If not, it affects your credibility, not mine.

August 29, 2005 2:59 PM  
Blogger seven_times_six said...

The concept of the blog is nice; but needs a greater sense of humor. As it stands it's fun merely cause ppl are getting apoplectic fits at being pointed out their boo-boos that are, as is obvious from the comments, not all boo-boos.

was an excellent effort in this regard...

August 29, 2005 8:36 PM  
Blogger Purvi A said...

seven_times_six - humor is where you see it, right? Boo-boos are where you see them, right? I mean, hey, the actual writers are not likely to admit to their boo-boos, are they? They won't find it humorous. But their readers are like, that's a boo-boo! Like me!

Amit - I linked to your article in the first instanse. There is no mistake. When I read your articles, I went, Uh-oh, something's odd here! And many others who read it said the same. You yourself go, "readers can read it for themselves". So guess what? Your readers did just that! and one of them made this post on her blog! (Me).

Busy bee, that's me! But I will return with more posts very soon.

August 29, 2005 9:34 PM  
Blogger amit varma said...

Purvi, how can you say "there is no mistake" when you have misrepresented me and lied about what I have written in my article? This is pathetic, not funny. You want to criticise other people's blogs, by all means do so, but do it in a responsible manner, and have the grace to admit your errors.

August 29, 2005 9:43 PM  
Blogger seven_times_six said...

Busy Bee, so you're saying you're a proponent of minimalism: a simple relating of boo-boos and relying on the inherent situational humor. Ravikiran: an adherent of your minimalism philosophy :)

Also, I like the word boo-boo.
Amit: you probably like it too; it sounds so similar to moo-moo :)

August 30, 2005 12:03 AM  
Blogger Nilu said...

Just a clarify a small thing would ya...are you trying to have a blog that points out logical inconsistencies or is it for pointing to "boo-boo" as you deem fit(or unfit as the case maybe) .......

That would save all of us(especially Amit) a lot of time.

In short - please define "boo-boo"

August 30, 2005 5:43 PM  
Blogger MadMan said...

I think the point Ravikiran is trying to make (though it's not getting through to you) is that there is quite a bit of difference between someone writing something like "Aishwarya Rai is the most beautiful woman in the world" and "Aishwarya Rai is a citizen of Finland". The former is a matter of opinion and the latter is clearly factually wrong and what I and many others would classify as a "boo-boo".

And Ravikiran just explained why a difference of opinion on "fairness" is just that, not a logical or factual error.

August 30, 2005 9:42 PM  
Blogger phucker said...

Haha, an Internet troll has managed to piss people off.

keep it up - simply because you piss people off. It's funny.

-Other people
I'm not saying I like to see you pissed, but this whole thing is amusing all the same.

-Amit Verma
Hypocrite. You don't allow anybody to respond to your article on your own site, with comments disabled, but you choose to come over here and get annoyed. Get over yourself.

BTW, for what it's worth, I agree with purvi, the article for AWSJ is misleading, as was the whole Myth of Liberalisation crap.

But it's ok, previous journalists have made these "mistakes" before as well.

August 31, 2005 11:27 AM  
Blogger Fadereu said...

I think, and my humble opinion is, and this is what i think, in my humble....

great blog, simply because huh?! is an expression that needs to be defined yet.

I think people who are getting pissed off need to redefine their notions of truth and falsehood, now that the world has been presented tous in all its craziness.

at least with huh?! there is lesser possibility of contradicting yourself.

did i just say that? huh?!!

September 03, 2005 7:34 PM  

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