PR people are depressingly good at manipulating complex public policy issues. A great example of that can be found in this brief Penn and Teller video, in which the magicians make human logic disappear, by talking environmental activists into signing a petition in opposition to water.
The one who talks – Penn? Teller? — maintains that such manipulation of complexity is the strict province of leftist environmental hysterics. But the truth is, people of all political stripes are pretty good at this game.
The left is perhaps more accomplished at dealing with complexity by saying “this issue is complex, so we should trust these experts.” Meanwhile the right maybe has had more success maintaining “this is issue is complex, so we should take no action.” Both approaches have something in common, they ask the audience to make their own logic disappear.
Anyway, it’s a fun little flick that may do something truly magical – get you to question your own methods of processing complex issues.