Spin Spin Spin

In this article Steve Mills of IBM is to have said:

Oracle’s proposed acquisition of Sun Microsystems did not raise any significant antitrust issues and was likely to close soon in spite of objections raised in Brussels, according to Steve Mills, head of IBM’s software division and one of Oracle’s biggest rivals.

Then the some spinmeister is to have said:

An opponent of the deal said IBM’s comments were an indication that competition concerns were well founded.

LOL. Do you feel the cognitive dissonance :-)

The spin against Eben Moglen was, to some, more disgusting:

Isn't that disgusting? Blow his own horn much? Moglen "unimportant in a GPL context"? 

The best definition of spin i have seen was proposed by Dan Dennett. The "Cannons of good spin":

  1. It is not a bare-faced lie.
  2. You have to be able to say it with a straight face
  3. It has to relieve skepticism without arousing curiosity
  4. It should seem profound
Of course the more spin that is spun the more likely one might get caught out.
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