Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Funny polls that don't mean anything

This really is an apple-to-oranges comparison. I mean, if someone asked me whether I approve or disapprove of Darth Vader, I would interpret that to be a question about how much like Vader as a character. As it happens, I do. But part of the reason I "approve" of Darth Vader is because he is imaginary. If the genocidal dictator who killed the population of an entire peaceful planet just to prove a point were a real person, I would not approve of him. Likewise, if someone were to describe an imaginary character like Sarah Palin, I would probably think the character was amusing and might even say I "approve." But that doesn't mean I would ever approve of the actual Sarah Palin, clownish as she might be.