August 23, 2014 Arguments Not Worth Having August 23, 2014/ apulrang Watching the “Ice Bucket Challenge” phenomenon become the hit social media trend of this summer, I have decided to start a new series on this blog: Arguments Not Worth Having. Here are three right off the bat: 1. Goofy disability awareness or fundraising campaigns. 2. The unbeatable popularity of fundraising for cures. 3. Language that likens disability to war or a fistfight. I haven’t fully worked out the criteria for determining which arguments I believe are not worth having, but they involve some combination of the following factors: - The thing is something disability-related that non-disabled people really like. - A non-trivial number of disabled people seem to like it, too. - The thing is something I don’t like, or I think it’s silly, or I feel uncomfortable with it, but it doesn’t really offend me. - I could make a logical, consistent argument against the thing, but I would really have to work at it, and the argument would have at least two or three distinct layers to get through. - The likelihood that anyone will be convinced or even understand my thinking on the thing is below 20%. - There is a 90% possibility that at the end of the argument, I will sound like an over-educated, unemotional robot with no human feelings or sense of humor. - The thing is stupid, but not harmful. The consequences of leaving the thing alone are low.