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An applause light is an empty statement which evokes positive affect without providing new information.
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It [was] not so much a ''propositional'' statement, as the equivalent of the "Applause" light that tells a studio audience when to clap.
We believe we are already within a democratic system.  Some factors are still missing, like the expression of the people's will. - [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,954853,00.html Roberto Eduardo Viola]
 
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The substance of a democracy is the specific mechanism that resolves policy conflicts.  If all groups had the same preferred policies, there would be no need for democracy - we would automatically cooperate.  The resolution process can be a direct majority vote, or an elected legislature, or even a voter-sensitive behavior of an AI, but it has to be ''something''.  What does it ''mean'' to call for a "democratic" solution if you don't have a conflict-resolution mechanism in mind?
 
 
 
I think it means that you have said the word "democracy", so the audience is supposed to cheer.  It's not so much a ''propositional'' statement, as the equivalent of the "Applause" light that tells a studio audience when to clap.
 
 
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Latest revision as of 08:20, 24 June 2013

An applause light is an empty statement which evokes positive affect without providing new information.

It [was] not so much a propositional statement, as the equivalent of the "Applause" light that tells a studio audience when to clap.

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