At our last meeting we decided to celebrate Andy's return to Socrates Cafe by discussing BS! In particular, BS in media and popular culture, as analyzed in Andy's paper "A new take on deceptive advertising: Beyond Frankfurt's analysis of 'BS'" in Business & Professional Ethics Journal. Whereas a liar intentionally and knowingly states something untrue, a BSer simply cares less about the truth of a claim than whether it furthers some other goal, such as making an impression or a sale. As such it can be even harder to recognize and have more insidious effects than outright lying.
Bring your favorite example of BS or a person who uses it for a living. Our philosopher in residence, Andy Johnson, will help us discuss.
I will try to upload a copy of Andy's paper to the Files tab if you'd like to read the details.