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strapped for cash wrote:

My main gripe is that the example referenced is appallingly written.

For instance, the sentence "Every track exudes a sonic wall, but rather than bludgeoning it enhances the aural experience" mixes metaphors in a particularly unsophisticated manner. I've never heard of someone being bludgeoned by a wall, which seems an unsuitable tool for the job.

Furthermore, "a specific alchemy not confined to geometrics" makes little sense. To my knowledge, alchemy and geometry have little to do with each other, unless we're trying to magic a nugget of very specific dimensions.

It feels like the author ran their work through an online thesaurus (or random synonym generator, as they'd probably put it) and didn't check the results. I'm guessing they were paid to produce this nonsense, too.

Not sure of the provenance of the piece originally quoted, but agreed it's badly written, by someone trying too hard to impress. It's a common trap for less experienced writers, but the odd decade or three of writing day in, day out tends to knock it out of you – and make you realise that directness of communication is more important than sending the reader scurrying for the dictionary.

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Andrew Everard wrote:

Not sure of the provenance of the piece originally quoted, but agreed it's badly written, by someone trying too hard to impress. It's a common trap for less experienced writers, but the odd decade or three of writing day in, day out tends to knock it out of you – and make you realise that directness of communication is more important than sending the reader scurrying for the dictionary.

 

The whole piece in all its glory:

http://ethnotechno.com/ott_blumenkraft.php

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The whole piece in all its glory: http://ethnotechno.com/ott_blumenkraft.php

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I propose a month's ban for the OP as punishment for posting the link

Don't make the mistake I did of looking at other "reviews"on the site.

It's a bit like those literature reviews/analyses that want to tell you what the author meant when he wrote...

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visionary wrote:

I propose a month's ban for the OP as punishment for posting the link

Sad

(you may have a point though!)

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This is an astounding claim

 

"Founded in ****, ****** ***********  is a high-technology cable manufacturer specializing in the audio and medical fields, using precision conductor solutions first developed for the aerospace industry and in conjunction with NASA for the space shuttle program. This grounding in the mission critical fields of space flight and micro-surgery have afforded the company an enviable research budget and an unprecedented degree of manufacturing accuracy and consistency.

 

Audio and medical shifty  I like the suggestion their cables are suitable for blasting into space Smile

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idc wrote:

This is an astounding claim

 

"Founded in ****, ****** ***********  is a high-technology cable manufacturer specializing in the audio and medical fields, using precision conductor solutions first developed for the aerospace industry and in conjunction with NASA for the space shuttle program. This grounding in the mission critical fields of space flight and micro-surgery have afforded the company an enviable research budget and an unprecedented degree of manufacturing accuracy and consistency.

 

Audio and medical shifty  I like the suggestion their cables are suitable for blasting into space Smile

Twas only a matter of time I guess Wink

I was going to quote an old essay what I wrote but I can't find it Sad

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RE: "Pretentious Twaddle" that makes you smile.

Andrew Everard wrote:

strapped for cash wrote:

My main gripe is that the example referenced is appallingly written.

For instance, the sentence "Every track exudes a sonic wall, but rather than bludgeoning it enhances the aural experience" mixes metaphors in a particularly unsophisticated manner. I've never heard of someone being bludgeoned by a wall, which seems an unsuitable tool for the job.

Furthermore, "a specific alchemy not confined to geometrics" makes little sense. To my knowledge, alchemy and geometry have little to do with each other, unless we're trying to magic a nugget of very specific dimensions.

It feels like the author ran their work through an online thesaurus (or random synonym generator, as they'd probably put it) and didn't check the results. I'm guessing they were paid to produce this nonsense, too.

Not sure of the provenance of the piece originally quoted, but agreed it's badly written, by someone trying too hard to impress. It's a common trap for less experienced writers, but the odd decade or three of writing day in, day out tends to knock it out of you – and make you realise that directness of communication is more important than sending the reader scurrying for the dictionary.

Prove ... what?

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I see what you did there...

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I know, pretty lame was'nt it?

They call me pilkington (amongst other things, depending on who you ask) you know ...

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John Duncan wrote:
I see what you did there...

I don't.

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RE: "Pretentious Twaddle" that makes you smile.

Andrew Everard wrote:

strapped for cash wrote:

My main gripe is that the example referenced is appallingly written.

For instance, the sentence "Every track exudes a sonic wall, but rather than bludgeoning it enhances the aural experience" mixes metaphors in a particularly unsophisticated manner. I've never heard of someone being bludgeoned by a wall, which seems an unsuitable tool for the job.

Furthermore, "a specific alchemy not confined to geometrics" makes little sense. To my knowledge, alchemy and geometry have little to do with each other, unless we're trying to magic a nugget of very specific dimensions.

It feels like the author ran their work through an online thesaurus (or random synonym generator, as they'd probably put it) and didn't check the results. I'm guessing they were paid to produce this nonsense, too.

Not sure of the provenance of the piece originally quoted, but agreed it's badly written, by someone trying too hard to impress. It's a common trap for less experienced writers, but the odd decade or three of writing day in, day out tends to knock it out of you – and make you realise that directness of communication is more important than sending the reader scurrying for the dictionary.

Economy of prose is always preferable and an attribute of the experienced writer. It's something I'm constantly working toward and probably failing, dismally! I agree that the author's trying too hard. A firm grasp of the rules of English language would seem a useful place to start.

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Alec wrote:

John Duncan wrote:
I see what you did there...

I don't.

 

As in provenance. 

 

And your acronym is IDSWYDT. 

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RE: "Pretentious Twaddle" that makes you smile.

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your acronym is IDSWYDT. 

That's too economical for my tastes! Wink

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RE: "Pretentious Twaddle" that makes you smile.

This award winning Pretentious Twaddle (voted as such), taken from "Further reflections on the conversations of our time", makes my last passage seem half-hearted:

"The move from a structuralist account in which capital is understood to structure social relations in relatively homologous ways to a view of hegemony in which power relations are subject to repetition, convergence, and rearticulation brought the question of temporality into the thinking of structure, and marked a shift from a form of Althusserian theory that takes structural totalities as theoretical objects to one in which the insights into the contingent possibility of structure inaugurate a renewed conception of hegemony as bound up with the contingent sites and strategies of the rearticulation of power"puzzled puzzled puzzled

Beat that, Peeps!  shifty

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