I’m officially declaring today, July 30, Cognitive Dissonance Day. Two items spurred this declaration:
1. On my way to campus this morning, I saw a Toyota Prius all decked out with Bush/Cheney, McCain, and other local Republican campaign stickers all over it. Not that Republicans can’t be environmentally responsible, but given that these particular folks have all argued for expanded off-shore drilling privileges and therefore huge profits for oil companies, advertising them on the back of your hybrid is, well, inconsistent. Sure, I realize the driver might have chosen a hybrid for his/her own savings, but still… This one’s not as bad as the “Buy American” sticker I saw on a Toyota some years ago.
2. On this morning’s YahooNews site, Dunkin Donuts has announced that they’ll soon be releasing a slate of healthy menu items (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080730/ap_on_he_me/dunkin__donuts_healthy_menu)
Not that I’m oppsed to healthy eating, and not that Dunkin Donuts shouldn’t be allowed to sell whatever they want, but doesn’t it strike anybody as strange? This is a company that for decades has profitted from selling incredibly unhealthy (though delicious) junk.
If you have a cognitively dissonant event or story to share, please do!