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Plato would disagree :-)

Posted to Poetry and Politics




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·ric

NOUN:
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 (...)
You seem to believe that it's 2. whereas it's actually 3b. :-)

>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?