Bennett’s anti-bs rant

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Joe Bennett – Dou­ble Hap­pi­ness: How bull­shit works

(Harper Collins) In his 22nd book, colum­nist and love­able grump Joe Bennett holds up to ridicule ex­am­ples of bull­shit fed to us in the name of ad­ver­tis­ing, pol­i­tics and re­li­gion.

Bennett pep­pers his text with ex­am­ples from New Zealand and be­yond, us­ing the Rugby World Cup, the 2011 elec­tion and the Christchurch earth­quakes to il­lus­trate the meth­ods used by the pow­er­ful to pull the wool over our eyes.

I cut my teenage teeth on the anti-cor­po­rate man­i­festo No Logo, and have been known to force the bril­liant Bad Sci­ence on my homeopa­thy-sym­pa­this­ing friends, so Bennett’s book was a bit en­trylevel for me.

How­ever, any­one keen to de­mys­tify the bull­shit foisted at us a dozen times a day will ben­e­fit from this quick read, and hard-bit­ten cyn­ics might learn a thing or two as well.

An­drea O’Neil

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