Looking for a word or phrase..
February 17, 2012 9:57 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for a word or phrase that implies offering a solution to a problem created by the same entity offering the solution. Or even just a created problem in general (e.g. created by society).

An example would be that a popular religion popularizing the concept of an afterlife with two very different destinations and offering a means of salvation to get to the more desirable location.

Or a drug company coining a name for a new disorder, that was previously thought of as just a consequence of aging, and doing this within an ad for a new drug to treat this emerging condition.
posted by jjbb to Writing & Language (12 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
To alcohol! The cause of - and solution to - all of life's problems! -Homer Simpson
posted by bonobothegreat at 10:07 AM on February 17, 2012 [1 favorite]

"Disingenuous ingenuity." You might combine those two into the single term disingenuity, a supplanted synonym for "disingenuousness" which has barely seen use in the last century and is ripe for repurposing.
posted by Iridic at 10:17 AM on February 17, 2012 [3 favorites]

things a man say to the girl , "don't worry ", " I will take care of you " etc.-- before that she did not need to worry about pregnancy ; and before marriage she always had a job and provided for herself just fine ....
posted by Oli D. at 10:23 AM on February 17, 2012

"Conflict of interest profiteering" is a little inelegant but gets the point across.
posted by jedicus at 10:26 AM on February 17, 2012

"Self-licking Ice Cream Cone" is the one most often used in my milieu.
posted by Emperor SnooKloze at 10:27 AM on February 17, 2012 [3 favorites]

This is related to a recent AskMe on scams.

This is related to the fallacy of question-begging.

You can also call this kind of thing a "solution in search of a problem," "manufactured problem" or "manufactured crisis."
posted by adamrice at 10:32 AM on February 17, 2012 [1 favorite]

Language is the liquid that we're all dissolved in.
Great for solving problems, after it creates a problem.

-Modest Mouse

Or how about "knife fight with a band-aid salesman"?
posted by 256 at 10:32 AM on February 17, 2012

"A solution in search of a problem."
posted by Sys Rq at 10:32 AM on February 17, 2012

Need-created selling/marketing?
posted by jquinby at 10:35 AM on February 17, 2012

Liz Lemon: What's vertical integration?
Jack Donaghy: Imagine that your favorite corn chip manufacturer also owned the number one diarrhea medication.
Liz Lemon: That'd be great cuz then they could put a little sample of the medication in each bag.
Jack Donaghy: Keep thinking.
Liz Lemon: Except then they might be tempted to make the corn chips GIVE you...
Jack Donaghy: Vertical integration.
Liz Lemon: Wow, that should not be allowed to happen.
posted by Sys Rq at 10:37 AM on February 17, 2012 [5 favorites]

They're called iatrogenic problems in medicine.
posted by ambrosen at 11:03 AM on February 17, 2012

Loss leader? Tacos, 50 cents. Alka Selzer, $5.
posted by Meatbomb at 11:42 AM on February 17, 2012

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