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    evergreen2, Onomastic

    because this is a text medium and one has to execute a string of overt acts in order for what he says to be added to the public discourse.

    The fact that there is a set linear progression... one reads a diary/comment; one formulates a response; one types said response; one clicks the preview button and has the opportunity to review what he just wrote and then one has to ok the post/diary in order for it to be published... says that what we post we do so cognizant that we have stated what we wanted to state. It's not like we have people in here on ambien typing screeds and polemic under the influence with no recognition that they are doing it. People choose to read and people choose to post and the idea that very well educated and well spoken individuals ... and the population in the forum skews to the well educated and the well spoken who are capable of communicating their thoughts and ideas on any level they choose from the loftily erudite to the basest vulgarity... the idea that the well educated folk of this forum can execute the linear progression of choices required to post and yet simultaneously be unable to be fully conscious of the ramifications of what they put forth is, for many of us, ridiculous. Yes, there are things we may have picked up and used without fully grasping the etymology and how it can be perceived in certain contexts by certain audiences... but while 99% maybe be hyperbolic, the overwhelming majority of kossacks can and does make very deliberate choice of language and phrasing such that the ignorance defense rings hollow and lacks credibility...

    Fear doesn't just breed incomprehension. It also breeds a spiteful, resentful hate of anyone and everyone who is in any way different from you.

    by awesumtenor on Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 11:19:42 AM PDT

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