Spin

I play this game when I want to understand how language hooks ideas together and to ferret out odd meanings of things. I call it Dictionary Chase. I start with a word look it up and find the next most interesting word in the definition of the first one and so on.

spin

verb

give (a news story or other information) a particular interpretation, especially a favorable one.

draw out (wool, cotton, or other material) and convert it into threads, either by hand or with machinery.

spin wool into the yarn for weaving

make (threads) by drawing out and twisting fibers.

a particular bias, interpretation, or point of view, intended to create a favorable (or sometimes, unfavorable) impression when presented to the public.

synonyms:

slant, angle, twist, bias

Origin

Old English spinnan ‘draw out and twist (fiber)’; related to German spinnen . The noun dates from the mid 19th century.

A yarn is a story and when you tell it you are weaving the story…

yarn

noun

noun: yarn; plural noun: yarns

spun thread used for knitting, weaving, or sewing.

informal
a long or rambling story, especially one that is implausible.

synonyms:

story, tale, anecdote, saga, narrative, tall tale, tall story, fish story, cock-and-bull story, shaggy-dog story, spiel

verb

informal

verb: yarn; 3rd person present: yarns; past tense: yarned; past participle: yarned; gerund or present participle: yarning

tell a long or implausible story.
“they were yarning about local legends and superstitions

Some stories can be very hard to believe…

implausible

im·plau·si·ble

imˈplôzəb(ə)l/

adjective

adjective: implausible

(of an argument or statement) not seeming reasonable or probable; failing to convince.
“this is a blatantly implausible claim”

synonyms:

unlikely, improbable, questionable, doubtful, debatable unrealistic, unconvincing, far-fetched, incredible, unbelievable, unimaginable, inconceivable, fantastic, fanciful, ridiculous, absurd, preposterous, impossible, hard to swallow, cock and bull

 

Which you, to make it a good and a plausible story, draw out your points (threads) and twist them to fit your ideas: you spin your threads…

spin

spin/

verb

give (a news story or other information) a particular interpretation, especially a favorable one.

draw out (wool, cotton, or other material) and convert it into threads, either by hand or with machinery.
“they spin wool into the yarn for weaving”

make (threads) by drawing out and twisting fibers.
“this method is used to spin filaments from syrups”

a particular bias, interpretation, or point of view, intended to create a favorable (or sometimes, unfavorable) impression when presented to the public.

synonyms:

slant, angle, twist, bias

Creating a bias – a slant, your slant – almost like a little white lie like you tell your parents to escape punishment…

bias

noun

noun: bias; plural noun: biases

prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.
“there was evidence of bias against foreign applicants”

a concentration on or interest in one particular area or subject.

synonyms:

prejudice, partiality, partisanship, favoritism, unfairness, one-sidedness; bigotry, intolerance, discrimination, leaning, tendency, inclination, predilection, caste-ism,

influence, color, sway, weight, predispose, distort, skew, slant

 

Statistics:

systematic distortion of a statistical result due to a factor not allowed for in its derivation.

Usually to make your point, create your point of view and to control the story and the people listening to it by creating a prejudice…

prejudice

plural noun: prejudices

preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.

synonyms:

preconceived idea, preconception, prejudgment, dislike, hostility, or unjust behavior deriving from unfounded opinions.

Which invariably creates actions towards the other viewpoints that are combative…

verb: prejudice

verb: prejudice; 3rd person present: prejudices; past tense: prejudiced; past participle: prejudiced; gerund or present participle: prejudicing

Law
cause harm to (a state of affairs).

synonyms:

damage, be detrimental to, be prejudicial to, injure, harm, hurt, spoil, impair, undermine, hinder, compromise


The point being to lock your head into ONLY one way of seeing, observing, understanding a topic for one reason and one reason only, CONTROL – of you.

This is the season of SPIN. It’s coming at you from every direction, 360 degrees, possible. Spin does not mean the information is incorrect, or wrong, it just means a little off from true, its slanted, partisan – toward one party or faction or another. The fact that it is being used to create a prejudice within us, however, to foment emotion and cement or change our loyalties needs to be noted. I am reminded of John Rappoport’ s article: The night the world recovered its sanity.   We are all totally free to choose one perspective over another – one bias over another, just as long as we have thought it through and don’t allow it to close off our minds to what might be found in the future to be a more complete understanding of the whole.

Keep the damned trap door open…..

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