Thursday, 16 September 2004

Plausible Deniability

The political arena appears to be filling with multiple cases of plausible deniability. Having never heard this term until this pre-election year, I have noticed its use again and again. For example, when Trump stated that McCain was not a war hero, he utilized plausible deniability. Because McCain was captured, because he survived, because he returned to the United States to live a good life, Trump is free to deny him his hero status with the plausible reasoning stated that he was captured, survived, and returned alive. I suppose in Trump's mind, had McCain escaped or had he come back mentally and physically destroyed or had he died, then he could have been recognized as a champion and an idol.

Another example of plausible deniability is the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. This right can be denied by those who find it unacceptable for multiple reasons such as poor court judges, the bible says it is wrong, and homosexuality is moral corruption. To some these are completely plausible reasons. For others, those who find the decision plausible and the deniability implausible, the court stayed true to its responsibilities in that the judges studied and discussed to make a wise decision, that the bible is a book among many and that there is a separation of church and state in this country, and that the court is not in charge of morality but rather dedicated to reading and translating the Constitution into modern situations while allowing for freedom of choice.

You can name just about any hot topic and one side or the other will come up with plausible deniability. While it is good to apply reasoning to support an opinion, there is also the breakpoint when it is time to move forward. Issues like abortion, Benghazi, and misuse of email cannot be resolved if a compromise agreement cannot be obtained. Instead fighting to fight takes precedence over intellectual rationality. Because of this repetitive cycle of accusations using the "old" facts to try to generate a new decision, a quagmire of contempt arises. Nothing can be solved or resolved.

Children love to use plausible deniability as an escape from punishment. Even though Sweetie has been told numerous times to not leave her cup on the edge of the table or it will spill, she continues her pattern. When it does come crashing to the floor shattering glass and shooting juice, she can rely on the safety of plausible deniability including reasons for the disaster such as "Brother wiggled the table" or "I forgot" or feigned tears of repentance and sorrow to shift the blame from her and the mess to outside forces.

Adolescents wallow in plausible deniability when a school report arrives at home decorated with failing grades. "The teacher never explains"; "Mrs. Smith lost my papers"; "Mr. Jones doesn't like me" and so on and so forth are handy justifications and explanations. Many parents fall into this trap making excuses for the child and laying culpability upon another. Sometimes this system works well, frustrating the education efforts of the teacher as he is forced to lower standards and accept administrative decrees to raise a grade. Baby is happy, the grade becomes acceptable, and the child recognizes the value and significance of his wailing trump. When you question school organization and the academic delivery it provides, stop to think about the plausible deniability instituted by some parents and students and you may have a different view of the problem. No, teachers are not faultless as many utilize their own plausible deniability too, "I taught it but students did not learn" being a prime example, but most teachers want their students to learn and succeed.

Plausible deniability is a sort of no-fault, fail-safe situation. When it is acknowledged as the best route, the safest choice, the wisest decision, intellectual reflection, analysis, and thinking are tossed right out of the door. This unending rational of innocence or undeserved attack demoralizes our morality as it obliterates our ability to seek the truth and live with compromise and decisions made for the greater good.

Wednesday, 2 June 2004

Benefits Of Digital Magazines

Digital magazines are quickly replacing hardcopy magazines. Some of the benefits that come with digital magazines include:

Instant Access

When you subscribe to the magazines you will get an email with the login details that will allow you to start downloading your issues. The cool thing is that when there is a new issue you don't have to search for it-you will get a notification and a link to where you can download it.

Cheaper Price

Many magazines provide you with different types of subscriptions. For example, you have the option of making weekly, monthly or even annual subscriptions. The price that you pay for these subscriptions is usually very cheap compared to the price that you'd have paid if you had bought a printed magazine.

The cool thing is that many digital magazines have apps that not only make the magazines affordable, but they also make it easy for you to download your favorite magazine.

Easy To Track Your Readers

If you are a publisher, you don't have to ask your readers to give feedback on how they find the magazines as you can easily track the content that your readers are reading. To do this you only need to go through your data and find out the topics that most of the readers are interested in. This helps you to enhance your future publications.

Easy To Measure Your Advertising Goals

Digital magazines come with ad-management and ad-serving technology that helps you to easily identify the number of readers who have clicked on the hotlink provided by the advertiser. This helps you to tell the advertiser the exact number of people who have seen the advertisement. You will also help you to know the types of advertisements that are receiving a lot of views.

Multiple Downloads

As mentioned, almost all digital magazine publishers have an app that allows you to download your favorite issue on a wide range on of devices. For example, you can download your magazine on your phone, iPad, or computer. This allows you to read your magazine on your favorite device. All you need to do is to download the magazine's app into your device.

Easy To Store

It's stressful to store hard-copy magazines. For example, you may be required to find an empty cupboard to store the magazines. With digital magazines you don't need to create storage space as they are stored online. Most publishers will provide you with crowd space where you can store your magazines.