Thursday, July 03, 2008

The Sincerest Form of Flattery

I'm afraid that Jim Miles did an all-too-accurate impression of the general prose style that I use for the daily boilerplate entries on this blog.

As a researcher in socio-rhetorical ‘techs-pression’ I find it interesting to observe how broadly users of the social networking website Facebook interpret the “politics” and “religion” fields of their personal profiles, as a means of pre-emptively deploying arguments on matters important to them. OH WAIT GOTTA GO SOMEONE POSTED ANOTHER HILARIOUS YOUTUBE VIDEO ABOUT OBAMA.

Ouch. Writing instructor, heal thyself.

Miles also makes a legitimate observation about how people subvert the default "religion" and "politics" entries in their Facebook profiles with material that defies classification. After all, it's true that my own "religious views" entry on Facebook reads -- very accurately -- as follows: "devoted to her hometown baseball team, the Dodgers, and filled with reverence for all things French." (Click to enlarge.)

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