anonymous authority

anonymous authority

A tool of persuasion in which the invoked authority is not specifically named, making it impossible to confirm whether the authority is an expert.
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The choice was laid bare: The anonymous authority of May or the authentic adversity of Corbyn.
Artese's study is thoroughly historicized and it meticulously traces the analogous transformation occurring at the same time in the realm of journalism, as signed pieces by individual authors gave way to the anonymous authority of the newspaper itself.
This has seen a noticeable shift in style, away from the traditional and largely anonymous authority of the museum to a more accessible curatorial voice that invites and encourages the personal engagement of the visitor through carefully planned and presented interpretation.
VILLAIN OF WEEK THE anonymous authority who draft laws.
"When I first started this I took my proposal including the capitalist theories, to the S&M community, but they didn't buy it." The dominant /submissive theory of capitalism, which is rife with alpha males--rulers of the universe snapping at each others heels, ready to bury the loser as part of the public spectacle of the almighty "win"--interfaced with the submissive consumers, happily ready to offer up their financial soul to what Fromm calls the "anonymous authority," whether it be the media, advertising, the Nike "swooshstika," Tommy Hilfiger or IKEA.