rbutr is about more than rebuttals

by Shane on March 2, 2015

I’ve always loved the name rbutr. It works on many levels, and is very brandable. But unfortunately it very strongly ties us to the word rebuttal – which is really just a part of what rbutr does.

rbutr is about mapping contrary responses to the pages they respond to. Contrary responses may include corrections, debunkings, counter arguments, critiques, rebuttals, refutations, mockery, and a number of other forms of critical response to the content. If we just restricted ourselves to “rebuttals” then we can’t use mere contradictions to make a point.

Aside: One of my favourite “rebuttals” of all time used the Wikipedia entry for the UK as a general rbutl to an advert that claimed that 120 million Brits suffered from back pain. The wikipedia article clearly states that the population of the UK is 62 million. Thus the claim was clearly refuted by a simple piece of contrary evidence – none of which represented any sort of rebuttal, but perfectly fulfilled the role desired by this system: to provide access to contrary evidence, counter arguments and/or criticisms of the source material!

It is very awkward to list all of those variations of opposition, so I think we need to coin a new word to cover them all. I think “Contrary” might do it nicely. As in rbutr allows users to connect ‘contraries’ to articles, so that people can see the list of contraries from the contradicted article.

Of course I will need to define ‘contrary’ every time I use it, but at least I can define it once in a conversation or article, and then short circuit that whole need to list rebuttal, contradiction, critique, correction, counter argument, debunking and dispute every time I describe the type of content which counts as a contrary.

What do you think? Got a better suggestion?

 

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Society
rebuttal to The “New” Klan
The “New” Klan?
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The Ku Klux Klan opens its door to Jews, black people and homosexuals – dailymail.co.uk You May Have Heard That the KKK Is Now Accepting Black Members. Here’s What Is Actually Happening – reason.com
The Ku Klux Klan is now looking to diversify and increase its membership to include Jews, black people, homosexuals and those of Hispanic origin with a re-branding as ‘the new Klan’. Anyone can call themselves KKK, and some of those new groups are accepting non-white members. These groups are clearly not the original white supremacist group which was disbanded over a century ago.
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The Islam Debate Continues
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Why I don’t believe people who say they loathe Islam but not Muslims | Andrew Brown | Comment is free – theguardian.com UK’s Guardian takes stance against freedom of speech, tolerance and liberty – skeptical-science.com
Using the statement that being against Islam is not racist because Islam is not a race is no excuse for fear or hatred. Criticism of a specific belief, ideology is not racist. To speak out against human rights violations and other aspects is not to condemn an entire race.
Business
rebuttal to Pharmaceutical-industry-gets-high-on-fat-profits
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BBC News – Pharmaceutical industry gets high on fat profits – bbc.com Marketing And R&D, Again. In the Pipeline: – corante.com
When it comes to pharmaceuticals, just because you can charge a high price for something, doesn’t mean you should. Is it ethical that the largest pharmaceutical company made a 42% margin last year? The author challenges the statistics, as well as the R&D and marketing table contained in the article.
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rebuttal to Mid term elections - Iowa Senator Joni Ernst makes her victory speech, West Des Moines, America
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2014 was an election of firsts for Republican women. But it wasn’t a ‘win’ for women at all – theguardian.com A Feminine Rebuttal to Feminist Jessica Valenti’s Article Rebuking Women for Supporting the GOP – midsouthsentinel.com
“Your gender doesn’t make you pro-woman, your actions do.” Women in politics
are not necessary good for women when the representative is against contraception, abortion or women in the military.
Freedom of speech and ideas are not gender specific. We all have the right to our political beliefs regardless of gender.
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