25 feb. 2011

Bullying

I feel less bullied by clear, concise confident prose than by abstract and indirectly didactic writing, writing that tries to extort sentiment from me by dragging me into its melodrama.

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The problem with accusations of bullying is that they become another tool for the bully.

1 comentario:

Thomas dijo...

I have a theory about this feeling. When someone writes words that are so mushy that they couldn't possibly hurt you, you imagine he's a got a stick and a bag of stones somewhere to back him up. Why else would he expect (and sometimes demand) that you take his melodrama seriously? A few personal experiences here and there have partially confirmed this theory. Beware the scholar who refuses to speak his mind clearly but expects to be understood immediately. He is obviously asking you to respect his power, not his knowledge. Thus the feeling that you're getting bullied.