Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Artificial Neutrality


The positions were filled from an applicant pool whose members largely believed in X, having graduated from schools and attended professional conferences in which X is regarded as a professional good if not a virtue, even though, for most people, X is still far from a settled subject. 

The applicant names were obtained from a supposedly neutral recruitment agency which was, in reality, devoted to X. The agency intentionally sought candidates who were favorable to X. 

The recruitment agency in turn was funded by a non-profit organization that promotes X.

And yet outside observers (and the employers)  believed that their new employees were neutral on the subject of X and would be objective in evaluating other opinions.

True story. We live in interesting times.

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