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Speciousness elsewhere

By Tom Nuttall  

Over at Slate, Ron Rosenbaum asks if the cover-profile of Angelina Jolie in the latest issue of Esquire is the worst celebrity profile ever. And to judge by some of the shudderingly bad extracts he posts, which combine vacuousness and pretentiousness to peerless degree (“in post 9/11 America, Angelina Jolie is the best woman in the world because she is the most famous woman in the world—because she is not like you or me”), it’s got to be a contender. But in passing, he notes an example of a fallacy not yet covered by our in-house speciousness expert, Tom Chatfield:

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