Dichroic made an insightful post about different kinds of mistakes:
I think it was partly inspired by Palin's mistake, and partly by the responses to it among ideologues who really want to be on Palin's side.
(ETA: I meant to link to this post. http://dichroic.dreamwidth.org/196469.h
It reminded me of a local mistake about Paul Revere. Near the border of Lexington, there's a mural of Revere's ride on a brick wall, between Mass Ave and the Minuteman Bikeway. (I think the wall belongs to the MBTA, but I'm not sure.) It's not a brilliant mural, but it's lively and colorful, and horse and rider have plausible numbers and arrangements of limbs. They both look tired yet excited, running hard. Revere is shouting--I think he's waving his hat. I walked past that mural hundreds of times before it occurred to me that it
I don't know how many murals there are of Paul Revere's ride, where the orientation doesn't matter. This one is along the path he actually rode, and it shows him riding towards Boston. For many years, I was so thoroughly non-visual, it didn't occur to me to think about it. Last year, I started reading chemistry textbooks out loud and describing the diagrams...that pushed me to think about how visual information might be useful and important, and made me start noticing misleading visual information.
*The city encourages it. So do I! All you nice people from away should come visit!
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