Adding insult to injury, Smith failed to acknowledge the groundbreaking nomination in his category for ANOHNI, the transgender performer nominated for If the consternation regarding Smith’s factual flop feels somewhat disproportionate to its impact — what’s a little erasure between friends, right?— then it’s worth considering his checkered history as a representative for LGBT people.It’s possible to draw a line separating the problems with Smith’s speech and the good it may have done.Millions of people watch the Oscars, and many of them are decidedly unwoke; there’s still value in watching an out, proud gay man discuss his sexuality on one of the planet’s biggest stages.Smith is also still just 23, and he’s evolving as a public figure the way everyone else is evolving in their private lives.Holding people to some ideal of perfect activism can be counterproductive in some cases.
but it can be difficult to tell sometimes whether very precise measurements are actually accurate without an independent reference age (see top right image versus bottom right image).
In the sciences, it is important to distinguish between precision and accuracy.
If we use the analogue of a clock we can investigate this further.
However, if the clocks change and you forget to reset your wrist watch, then you have a very precise time but it is not very accurate – you will be an hour early or late for all of your meetings!
See the difference between accurate and precise measurements in the bull’s eye figure below.