February 6, 2013
[[A teenager stands talking to a parent off-screen.]]
Parent: No, you can’t go.
Teenager: But all my friends-
Parent If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump too?
Teenager: Oh Jeez. Probably.
Parent: What!? Why!?
Teenager Because all my friends did. Think about it - which scenario is more likely:
Teenager: Every single person I know, many of them levelheaded and afraid of heights, abruptly went crazy at exactly the same time… … or the bridge is on fire?
Parent: … I, uh… hmm.
Teenager: Imagine reading this on CNN: “Many fled their vehicles and jumped from the bridge. Those who stayed behind…” Is something good about to happen to those people?
Parent: Maybe they’ll find cookies?
Teenager: OK, you stay. I’m jumping.