Saturday, June 30, 2018

Aristotle's pill

In the following video, reviewer Jeremy Jahns refers to part of Chris Pratt's recent MTV Generation Award speech—the part where Pratt talks about how you can fool a dog by giving it medicine wrapped in something tasty. Cleverly noting that Pratt was probably not referring specifically to dogs in that moment, but was instead talking about how you can use subtlety to couch a point in such a way that listeners will be receptive to it (as Pratt himself was doing during that speech), Jahns ends up "pulling a Pratt" by essentially evoking Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics during his review of "Won't You Be My Neighbor?", the documentary about TV personality Fred Rogers. Look for the arguments about happiness.

Jahns's videos are generally brief and peppy. They also tend to be both clever and funny, as this spoiler-laden discussion of "Deadpool 2" will amply demonstrate.

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