Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Parody Amazon Review of Mann's Book Disappears

With the recent vanishing of the RICO20 letter and the impending vanishing of ringleader Jagadish Shukla's IGES, I thought I'd write about another obscure disappearance -- an Amazon review of Michael Mann's book, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars.

It was a parody written in the style that a North Korean propagandist might use in a tribute to the late Kim Jong Il. It was fairly long (about seven or eight paragraphs) and very well done. I noticed it's absence because I had made a comment some time ago and went back looking to see if there were any newer responses.

(Update: If anyone saved a copy of this review, I would greatly appreciate it if they would post it in a comment here)

(Further Update: A small portion of this review has been found. See this post.)

In my comment, I joked that if the author would have given the review five stars instead of one, he would have qualified as a poe. "Poe" is a new term I've started running across recently. It refers to the notion that a parody of a fundamentalist is indistinguishable from the real thing. I've been accused of being a poe on a couple of occasions.

I don't know why it was removed. I suppose it could be argued that it was abusive. It didn't have much information on the contents of the book. Michael Mann is rather sensitive about bad Amazon reviews as Mark Steyn has noted.


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