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Bill Roper's Journal
Argument by Analogy 
8th-Apr-2015 06:09 am
Argument by analogy will always have some inherent flaws. No two situations are exactly the same.

However, it strikes me that I've seen many of the arguments about the current state of the Hugo Awards before.

And if I say anything more than that, it will only result in people yelling at me.

Maybe I should just go back to bed now. If I do, maybe this post will let me sleep better. :)
8th-Apr-2015 04:12 pm (UTC) - Every major election?
In every major election, the ballot of nominees is effectively controlled by a few big power blocks ... in the US that's the Democratic Party and the Republican Party ... over here it's Conservative, Labour, and to a less extent Liberal Democrats ...

... because in just about every election, one of those is going to win the seat/position in question ... and thanks to combative politics, you either have to back the side that you think best represents you (and whoever the powers that be have chosen to run in your area for that party), or you can vote for someone else who, according to the battle principles, stands for more things that you disagree with ... or not vote at all.

So your nomination list is very effectively controlled by others, and then you get to vote for someone picked by the right wingers, someone picked by the left wingers, vote for the outsider who most likely won't win, or vote No Award.
9th-Apr-2015 12:50 am (UTC)
I've only been paying attention to the Hugos for the last couple of years, but the current Hugo situation looks pretty unique to me.
9th-Apr-2015 01:28 am (UTC)
Cat, I'm not sure Our Host is limiting the domain of the "arguments he's seen before" to being actually about the Hugos. Especially after that subject line and ¶1.
9th-Apr-2015 01:34 am (UTC)
Oh, my bad. The Hugos have been much on my mind of late, so I guess I just carried that into a different conversation. Sorry.
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