Posts tagged with "debate" - Faerye Net 2008-08-01T10:34:31+00:00 Felicity Shoulders The Jar-Jar Effect 2008-08-01T10:34:31+00:00 2008-08-01T10:34:31+00:00 <p>I thought of a new law of argument. You know, like <a href="" target="links">Godwin&#8217;s Law</a> or <a href="">Skarka&#8217;s Law</a>.</p> <p>&#8220;No aesthetic discussion can continue productively once Jar-Jar Binks is mentioned.&#8221;</p> <p>Only problem is, I don&#8217;t want to affix my name to it. I don&#8217;t want my name associated with Jar-Jar!</p> <p>So I&#8217;ve decided to make it more general. Now I maintain that there is a Jar-Jar effect. It&#8217;s when you&#8217;re having a constructive conversation or debate, and one person brings in a subject from which the other recoils so viscerally that the entire conversation is destroyed. As if that person cannot bear to be engaged with Jar-Jar (or Nazis, or George W. Bush) even in an abstract conversation. Jar-Jar effect. Tell your friends!</p>