An Interview with Cory Doctorow
Subject:   a valuable guide to discourse
Date:   2005-03-07 23:53:33
From:   poboxbot
Response to: a valuable guide to discourse

You missed my point, flwombat. When a published writer throws around such terminology, you'd expect he would know from where he speaks. Such things are their 'bread and butter,' as they say.

As for the other, I'm suggesting hubris because Doctorow hasn't earned it: He's a new writer and he's never done anything (to date) even approaching the level of Card's "Ender's Game" or even Heinlein's "Starship Troopers" (which I don't regard as any great thing).

To put it another way: If you talk smack on the court and then play a bad game, you shouldn't expect people to take you seriously.

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  • a valuable guide to discourse
    2005-03-08 04:49:14  oddjohn [View]

    The first few lines of the Wikipedia entry on deconstruction (not to mention the whole article) are enlightening regarding this subject. I'm sure it grates on the nerves of someone who loves (ick) Derrida, but deconstruction has come to have a looser accepted meaning.

    Maybe someday, in a better world where humanities professors are philosopher-kings, Derrida scholars can put a copyright on the word, so it can't be carelessly used by the unwashed ignorant masses.