“The Pollster – III” / A Memorable Fancy #402

After a time, everyone will become so annoyed with pollsters that everyone will lie. This is not to deceive, but to render pollsters useless so that we can get on with our lives. But, as everyone will lie to the pollster, every truth can be known by changing “yes” to “no” and “no” to “yes,” or “Smith” to “Jones” and “Jones” to “Smith.”      More and more people, however, will begin telling the truth once more, in order to utterly confound the pollsters. After a time, however, … [Read more...]

“The Pollster – I” / A Memorable Fancy #164

The pollster hates his job, but it was all he could find, as he is skilled neither in making nor selling cute or popular or useless things. His job is to call people at random and ask “Do you favor Jones for the Senate, or Smith?” in as neutral a voice as possible, even though he hates Jones with a strong and violent passion and would really like to shout “Don’t you understand? Jones will destroy America!” But he does not shout that, because he knows that whatever he might say, whatever the … [Read more...]