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#5 On rhetoric

Mat,

You got me. I did have a draft letter composed a couple of days ago… anyway, missed the deadline. In the words of Alex, the Beethoven-loving rapist from Clockwork Orange, appy-polly loggies my droog.

Anyway, I’m now convinced by your argument, in conjunction with mine, that one should do work that feels vital rather that popular, etc. I also share your suspicion for pipedream attempts at rigour. You seemed to be be saying something that style is often more important, especially once you’re in terrain that’s nowhere near the precision of say maths or physics. Copy that. But this made me think of the importance of rhetoric (your word, but one I’ve been thinking about a lot lately). Continue reading #5 On rhetoric

The anxiety over influence

We fear that others will be adversely influenced by something that we want to censor: video games, porn, racist invective.

But we want to influence others’ behaviour through advertising, campaigning, rhetoric.

Yet we ourselves cannot be influenced; we see through spin, can judge for ourselves what we should watch & never get duped by demagogues, commercials, or con-artists. Continue reading The anxiety over influence