Plato would disagree :-)
Posted to Poetry and Politics
by mot-juste on 2004-07-09 22:54:00
Re: "rhetoric is more important than logic."
This depends. Rhetoric is not a univocal term -- there's rhetoric and then there's rhetoric. From The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language:
SYLLABICATION: rhet·o·ricYou seem to believe that it's 2. whereas it's actually 3b. :-)
1a. The art or study of using language effectively and persuasively. 2. Skill in using language effectively and persuasively. (...) 3b. Language that is elaborate, pretentious, insincere, or intellectually vacuous (...)
>Flourishes? Well, I'm a flourishing kinda guy.
That's up to you, of course, but what about the reader? :-) He doesn't care, I'm afraid, what kind of guy you are, only what the text he's reading is. (Ever paged through Strunk and White ? ;-))
>this metier is not about subtlety, it's about impact.
I've never said a word about subtlety... Impact? OK then: how do you measure the impact of your articles?