In search of a perfect analogy

I am a firm believer of the power of analogies. I rely a lot on them, not only when I am trying to explain something to others but also when I am trying to understand something myself. So, unsurprisingly, I do get a kick out of spotting a really good analogy while surfing online. I have been meaning to place all of them in one place, and am finally getting around to it today. I am on one day’s leave!

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“Isn’t it great? We have to pay nothing for the barn.” (Geek & Poke, 21 December 2010; crossposted on 27 February 2012; see also “Facebook is basically designed like a lobster trap with your friends as bait” byย Michael C. Gilbert, 2009, and “You are the product” by John Lanchester, August 2017, London Review of Books 39(16): 3-10)

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RT @nickbilton Going to Facebook has become the equivalent of opening the fridge & staring inside, even though you’re not hungry. (29 December 2012; crossposted on 8 December 2015)

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“Consent, it’s simple as tea” (Blue Seat Studios, as part of a campaign by Thames Valley Police, 12 May 2015; crossposted on 8 January 2018)

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“Same reasons why in Mario Kart you donโ€™t get blue shells or lightning bolts when youโ€™re already in first place, assbag.” (crossposted on 19 November 2016)

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“Imagine that you’re sitting down to dinner with your family, and while everyone else gets a serving of the meal, you don’t get any. So you say “I should get my fair share.” And as a direct response to this, your dad corrects you, saying, “everyone should get their fair share.” Now, that’s a wonderful sentiment — indeed, everyone should, and that was kinda your point in the first place: that you should be a part of everyone, and you should get your fair share also. However, dad’s smart-ass comment just dismissed you and didn’t solve the problem that you still haven’t gotten any!

The problem is that the statement “I should get my fair share” had an implicit “too” at the end: “I should get my fair share, too, just like everyone else.” But your dad’s response treated your statement as though you meant “only I should get my fair share”, which clearly was not your intention. As a result, his statement that “everyone should get their fair share,” while true, only served to ignore the problem you were trying to point out.” (Reddit user GeekAesthete, cited in Kevin Roose, Splinter, 21 July 2015; crossposted onย 11 July 2016)

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RT @halfscholarย My PhD dissertation plan and how it went illustrated. (22 November 2017)

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“The referendum was like making a cup of peppermint tea. You had to decide whether to leave the teabag in or take it out. If you leave it in, the cup of tea as a whole is stronger. Even though it appears that the teabag itself is getting weaker, it’s still part of a strong cup of tea. But if you take the teabag out, the cup of tea as a whole is weaker — and the teabag itself goes directly in the bin.”ย  (James Acaster, 2016; crossposted on 4 July 2018)

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RTย @anne_theriaultย I already have a cryptocurrency, it’s called Sephora Beauty Insider Points (20 January 2018)

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RT @YankeeGunnerย Perfect analogy. Because that’s not a real target and you’ve put it there yourself. (26 January 2018)

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“In real-world terms, a part of Facebook still sees itself as the bank that got robbed, rather than the architect who designed a bank with no safes, and no alarms or locks on the doors, and then acted surprised when burglars struck.” (Kevin Roose, The New York Times, 19 February 2018; see alsoย Clay Bennett‘s cartoon on “security versus privacy”, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 October 2001)

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RTย @Theophiteย imagine if keeping your car idling 24/7 produced solved Sudokus you could trade for heroin (16 August 2018; see also “Imagine a conveyor belt sushi restaurant where everyone can see what each plate contains but no one can actually eat any”, 14 February 2018)

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“๋‚˜๋Š” ๊ทธ๋Ÿฌ์ง€ ๋ชปํ–ˆ๋‹ค. ๋‚ด ์•ˆ์˜ ๊ด‘์ธ์„ ๋ด‰์ธ ํ•ด์ œํ•˜๊ธฐ๋Š”์ปค๋…•, ์–ธ์ œ๋‚˜ ๊ทธ๋Ÿฌํ–ˆ๋˜ ๊ฒƒ์ฒ˜๋Ÿผ ์ถฉ์‹คํ•˜๊ฒŒ ํ•™์ƒ ์—ญํ• ์„ ์ˆ˜ํ–‰ํ–ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ทธ๋ฆฌ๊ณ  ์‹œ๊ฐ„์ด ํ•œ์ฐธ ์ง€๋‚˜์„œ์•ผ ๊ทธ๊ฒƒ์ด ์ˆ˜์น˜์˜ ์ˆœ๊ฐ„์ด์—ˆ๋‹ค๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์„ ๊นจ๋‹ฌ์•˜๋‹ค. ๋‚˜๋Š” ๊ทธ๋•Œ ์™œ ์›ƒ๋Š” ๋Œ์ฒ˜๋Ÿผ ๋‹ค์†Œ๊ณณ์ด ์•‰์•„ ์žˆ์—ˆ๋˜ ๊ฒƒ์ผ๊นŒ? ์˜ˆ์ •์— ์—†์ด ์ง•์ง‘๋˜์ง€ ์•Š๊ธฐ ์œ„ํ•ด์„œ ์ผ๋‹จ ์‹ฌ์‚ฌ์— ํ†ต๊ณผํ•˜๊ณ  ๋ด์•ผ๊ฒ ๋‹ค๋Š” ๊ณ„์‚ฐ์„ ์ˆœ๊ฐ„์ ์œผ๋กœ ํ•ด๋‚ธ ๊ฒƒ์ผ๊นŒ. ์•„๋‹ˆ๋ฉด, ์ € ์‚ฌ๋žŒ๋“คํ•˜๊ณ  ์›์ˆ˜์ง€๊ณ  ๋‚˜๋ฉด ํ‰์ƒ ํ•™๊ณ„์—์„œ ๋ฐฅ ๋นŒ์–ด๋จน๊ธฐ๋„ ์–ด๋ ต๊ฒ ๋‹ค๋Š” ํŒ๋‹จ์„ ํ•œ ๊ฒƒ์ผ๊นŒ. ์„ ์ƒ๋‹˜๋“ค์ด ๋…ผ๋ฌธ์„ ์ฝ์ง€ ์•Š๊ณ  ์ € ์ž๋ฆฌ์— ๋‚˜์™€ ์•‰์•„ ์žˆ๋‹ค๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์€ ๋‚˜ ํ˜ผ์ž์˜ ํŒ๋‹จ์— ๊ทธ์น  ๋ฟ, ๊ทธ ์‚ฌ์‹ค์„ ์ฆ๋ช…ํ•˜๊ธฐ ์–ด๋ ต๋‹ค๋Š” ๊ฒƒ์„ ์ฒด๋“ํ•˜๊ณ  ์žˆ์—ˆ๋˜ ๊ฒƒ์ผ๊นŒ. ๊ทธ๋„ ์•„๋‹ˆ๋ผ๋ฉด, ๋…ผ๋ฌธ์„ ์ œ๋Œ€๋กœ ์ฝ์ง€๋„ ์•Š๊ณ  ์‹ฌ์‚ฌ์— ์ž„ํ•  ์ •๋„์˜ ํ˜•ํŽธ์—†๋Š” ๊ต์ˆ˜์˜ ํ•™์ƒ์ด ๋˜๊ณ  ์‹ถ์ง€ ์•Š๋‹ค๋Š” ๋ฌด์˜์‹์ด ์ž‘๋™ํ•œ ๊ฒƒ์ผ๊นŒ. ํ™•์‹คํ•œ ๊ฒƒ์€ ๊ทธ ์–ด๋–ค ์ƒ๊ฐ๋„ ๊ทธ ํ˜„์žฅ์—์„œ ์˜์‹์˜ ์ˆ˜๋ฉด ์œ„๋กœ ๋– ์˜ค๋ฅด์ง€๋Š” ์•Š์•˜๋‹ค๋Š” ์‚ฌ์‹ค์ด๋‹ค. ๋‚˜๋Š” ๊ทธ์ € ํ‰์†Œ์ฒ˜๋Ÿผ ํ–‰๋™ํ–ˆ๋‹ค. ์šฐ๋ฆฌ๋Š” ์„œ๋กœ ๋งก์€ ์—ญํ• ์„ ์ˆ˜ํ–‰ํ•˜์—ฌ, ๋…ผ๋ฌธ์‹ฌ์‚ฌ๋ผ๋Š” ๋ถ€์‹คํ•œ ์—ญํ• ๊ทน์„ ์™„์„ฑํ–ˆ๋‹ค. ์œ„๋ ฅ์ด ์™•์„ฑํ•˜๊ฒŒ ์ž‘๋™ํ•  ๋•Œ๋Š”, ์ธ์ƒ์ด๋ผ๋Š” ๊ทน์žฅ ์œ„์˜ ๋ฐฐ์šฐ๋“ค์ด ์ด์ฒ˜๋Ÿผ ๋ณ„์ƒ๊ฐ ์—†์ด ์ž๊ธฐ๊ฐ€ ๋งก์€ ๋ฐฐ์—ญ์„ ์ˆ˜ํ–‰ํ•œ๋‹ค. ๋‹น์‹œ ๊ต์ˆ˜๋“ค๋„ ์ž์‹ ์ด ์œ„๋ ฅ์„ ํ–‰์‚ฌํ•˜๊ณ  ์žˆ์œผ๋ฆฌ๋ผ๊ณ ๋Š” ์ƒˆ์‚ผ ์ƒ๊ฐํ•˜์ง€ ์•Š์•˜์œผ๋ฆฌ๋ผ. ์œ„๋ ฅ์ด ์™•์„ฑํ•˜๊ฒŒ ์ž‘๋™ํ•  ๋•Œ, ์œ„๋ ฅ์€ ์ž์˜์‹์„ ๊ฐ€์งˆ ํ•„์š”๊ฐ€ ์—†๋‹ค. ์œ„๋ ฅ์€ ๊ทธ์ € ์ž‘๋™ํ•œ๋‹ค. ๊ฐ€์žฅ ์ž˜ ์ž‘๋™ํ•  ๋•Œ๋Š” ์ง์ ‘ ๋ช…๋ นํ•  ํ•„์š”๋„ ์—†๋‹ค. ๋‹ˆ์ฝ”ํ‹ด์ด ๋ถ€์กฑํ•ด ๋ณด์ด๋ฉด, ๋ˆ„๊ตฐ๊ฐ€ ์•Œ์•„์„œ ๋‹ด๋ฐฐ๋ฅผ ์‚ฌ๋Ÿฌ ๋‚˜๊ฐ„๋‹ค.” (๊น€์˜๋ฏผ, ๊ฒฝํ–ฅ์‹ ๋ฌธ, 24 August 2018)

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RT @raulpacheco Is this the correct direction of my braceletโ€™s imprint? Or should it go the other way (upside down) (2 December 2018)

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RT @KarlreMarks We’re basically switching our membership of the EU from contract to pay as you go. (5 April 2019)

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Rt @riggaroo User Interface vs The Underlying Code #programming (30 June 2019)

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