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Global Darkening

The Daily Show made great work last week out of our tendency to confuse short-term fluctuations with long-term trends, shining a particularly bright spotlight on the it’s-cold-outside-so-global-warming-isn’t-real crowd. I found the clip so effective, I downloaded it, and tucked it safely away in my vault.

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BTW: xkcd on the same issue.

BTW: Not for nothing, this is exactly how my mind worked. When I was ten.

10 Responses to “Global Darkening”

  1. on 14 Feb 2010 at 8:04 pmDan Phiffer


  2. on 14 Feb 2010 at 8:33 pmCheryl

    That line of thought works both ways.

  3. on 14 Feb 2010 at 9:46 pmEvan

    Can we really beat down the “cold snap = no global warming” argument as childish, then immediately turn around and call the “warm trend = global warming” argument enlightened? Isn’t that using the same linear logic? What happened to “weather goes in cycles”? I’m not trying to defend one side or the other. I’m merely pointing out inconsistencies (sorry, Al, gotta borrow your tagline for a sec) when I see them.

    We may be warming, we may be cooling. I personally don’t know. But I am disturbed by how polarizing this topic has become. The media has taken this and turned it against us (on both sides).

  4. on 15 Feb 2010 at 7:44 amMark Barnes

    There’s snow in Cleveland. Obviously, there’s no such thing as global warming.

    Wait a minute, in July, it will be 95 in Cleveland for 25 straight days. . .

    So, is there global warming?

    I’m so confused.

  5. on 15 Feb 2010 at 8:13 amGlenn

    How do you capture videos not on youtube? I can do that, but I have not been able to capture these videos?

    Thank you for posting it. It will be perfect in AP Stats!

  6. on 15 Feb 2010 at 9:15 amA. Mercer

    For those in elementary, dh was rolling on the floor when he heard this cartoon over the weekend:

  7. on 16 Feb 2010 at 6:24 amBreetai

    There are people who believe anthropogenic global warming is happening who laugh at creationists.

  8. on 16 Feb 2010 at 7:30 pmMr. H

    @Dan, You can also get the daily show clips from their website. This particular clip can be found at (you beat me to a post). There is however some questionable content leading up to the clip above. But if you insist on getting or using it legally you can do so from their site.

    IANAL but in the clip that you saved, if you included some commentary relating to the clip, it might be covered under fair use.

    I’ve also used their clips from their site in the past when I covered bias in surveys. Being able to keep a copy is a huge plus. You never know if the Internet will hiccup where you are and who knows how long the clip will be there. For now I make do with the clip from their site.

  9. on 16 Feb 2010 at 7:42 pmA. Mercer

    Dan, and Mr. H,
    You might want to check where I think Mr. H’s argument about fair use would find fertile ground. Kristen’s material comes from a Code of Best Practices developed at the Temple Media lab. At one point Temple University School of Law was involved so it has some basis in law, etc.

  10. on 16 Feb 2010 at 8:14 pmMr. H

    @A. Mercer, thanks for the link.

    From reading the PDF, it seems in the context of this post the clip falls under fair use. Dan has kept only the sections necessary to illustrate his point. What’s not clear to me is whether the clip itself without an accompanying editorial or lesson would fall under fair use if shared by Dan and downloaded by me.

    I guess what I was thinking is that if Dan added a commentary to the clip, it would be clear what the context is even if I only came across the clip and never visited this blog. Maybe this is not necessary and is just my misconception of what fair use is.