Monday, January 31, 2005

I love it when weak logic is exposed.

Found this wonderful piece on Boing Boing, which examines the validity of the following statement:

Some have attempted to paint copyright piracy as a victimless crime,
arguing that "if I make a copy of a computer program, you still get to keep your
copy, and we are both better off." This is hardly the case.

Reducing piracy offers direct benefits. The equation is a basic one:
the lower the piracy rate, the larger the IT sector and the greater the
benefits.



by substituting the terms of the equation with alternate ones, such as:

Some have attempted to paint tooth-brushing as a victimless crime, arguing
that "if you brush your teeth regularly, you improve your dental hygiene, and we
are all better off." This is hardly the case.

Reducing tooth-brushing offers direct benefits. The equation is a basic
one: the lower the rate of tooth-brushing, the larger the dental prosthetic,
dental filling, and dental surgical equipment sectors, and the greater the
benefits.


The original (longer) piece of which the article is an abstract can be found here. What appeals to me about this is that it both exposes flaccid reasoning for what it is, as well as work by comparison and examples.

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