Schrödinger's joke

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screenshot of Markus Persson aka "Notch" making a Schrödinger's joke about the virtues of coal power over wind power. He might be joking, because mining equipment breaks far more often than wind turbines due to much heavier usage, but there are people who might actually take it seriously because it supports their cliquian beliefs.


Schrödinger's joke is a particular form of position dancing in which the speaker makes a statement which could either be interpreted at face value or as a joke, where the "face value" interpretation is problematic in some way. This ambiguity leaves the speaker with the option of claiming the statement was "only a joke" if confronted, while still spreading the face-value interpretation to the uninformed and signalling their support to others who support it.