Sunday, April 14, 2013
Welcome to the Woozles
Yeah sitting there scratching your head? Or maybe you are thinking back to reading Winnie the Pooh as a Kid? Well I actually want to look at the Woozle effect or the less fun name of evidence by citation. I started looking at this because of a discussion with a friend who gets his information from what others have been saying.
So where did the word Woozle come from? Yes it came from Winnie the Pooh chapter 3 which is titled "In Which Pooh and Piglet Go Hunting and Nearly Catch a Woozle" which is of course where Pooh and Piglet walk round and round a tree following more and more tracks in the snow from supposedly a Woozle and then more and more Woozles. Except there are no Woozles it is just Pooh and Piglet leading themselves a merry chase (how many people already can see where this is going?)
So what does it mean when used to discuss evidence presented about striptease? Well a Woozle effect occurs when frequent citation of previous publications or research that lack evidence mislead individuals, groups and the public into thinking or believing there is evidence, and nonfacts become urban myths and factoids (thanks wiki for a good definition). It describes a pattern of bias seen within social sciences and which is identified as leading to multiple errors in individual and public perception, academia, policy making and government. A Woozle is also a claim made about research which is not supported by original findings.
Okay so we now know what a Woozle effect is so how does it apply to striptease? Well Lilith and Eden both would be Woozles in my mind as would the quoting of Holsopple for the UK. Remember the research has to be full of errors (Lilith and Eden) or in the case of Holsopple lacks relevance due to the age of the research and where the research was done.
Must admit I have a picture in my head of leading anti striptease proponents walking around a tree and them dragging in people who are not aware of the errors and more and more footprints are left in the snow and the belief gets bigger and bigger even though there is nothing there. So now we know what a Woozle is and how the anti striptease people use it..... OH BOTHER