Thursday, February 11, 2010

Bathetic Fallacy

"Thanks to man-made climate change, the bathetic fallacy--the literary technique of using inclement weather to suggest an atmosphere of dread, corruption, amorality, or impending doom (eg the heatwaves in Kurosawa's Stray Dog or Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing)--can no longer be considered a mere poetic contrivance. The volatility of local weather patterns not only provides the perfect metaphor for the state of terror and moral anarchy we live in today, it is a causal result of the latter, of our gluttonous consumption of hydrocargons and our lack of desire or political will enough to limit our decadent ways."

- Al Gore, in a speech to the National People's Congress of China

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