July 18, 2003

In Defense of English

Just found a wonderful article on the misuse of English in academia. Excerpt:

In recent years leftist academics have been enraptured by Empire, a 500-page anti-globalization book by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, published in 2000. Empire collects all possible criticisms of free trade and wraps them in prose like this: "In the logic of colonialist representations, the construction of a separate colonized other and the segregation of identity and alterity turns out paradoxically to be at once absolute and extremely intimate."
To commit a sentence like that is to subtract from the sum of human knowledge.
Posted by Will Duquette at July 18, 2003 12:39 PM

Craig Clarke said:

I had a friend who focused so hard on getting the right words that he lost sight of the sentences, let alone constructing suitable paragraphs.

Will, if I ever send you a review like that, feel free to virtually "smack me upside the head."

Will Duquette said:

No worries...I'll break out the clue stick, and have at you!

Doesn't seem too likely, though.

(Just for the record, I usually do fix minor problems as I find them.)