The Source of Bad Writing

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal: Why is so much writing so bad? Why is it so hard to understand a government form, or an academic article or the instructions for setting up a wireless home network?The most popular explanation is that opaque prose is a deliberate choice. Bureaucrats insist on gibberish to cover their anatomy. Plaid-clad tech writers get their revenge on the jocks who kicked sand in their faces and the girls who turned them down for dates. Pseudo-intellectuals spout obscure verbiage to hide the fact that they have nothing to say, hoping to bamboozle their audiences with highfalutin gobbledygook.But the bamboozlement theory makes it too easy to demonize other people while letting ourselves off the hook. In explaining any human shortcoming, the first tool I reach for is Hanlon’s Razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. The kind of stupidity I have in mind has nothing to do with ignorance or low IQ; in fact, it’s often the brightest and best informed who suffer the most from it.I once attended a lecture on biology addressed to a large general audience at a conference on technology, entertainment and design. The lecture was also being filmed for distribution over the Internet to millions of other laypeople. The speaker was an eminent biologist who had been invited to explain his recent breakthrough in the structure of DNA. He launched into a jargon-packed technical presentation that was geared to his fellow molecular biologists, and it was immediately apparent to everyone in the room that none of them understood a word and he was wasting their time. Apparent to everyone, that is, except the eminent biologist. When the host interrupted and asked him to explain the work more clearly, he seemed genuinely surprised and not a little annoyed. This is the kind of stupidity I am talking about.Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Chesterton Humberts appoints head of investment

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Erin’s Law Hears Statewide Support in Testimony

first_imgThe Senate Floor will convene at 11:00 am Thursday morning. She added that she thought she had given her son the right tool and knowledge to prevent that sort of abuse. Toni Roberts said she coached Breanna Moore in the Anchorage School District and was not only set back by Moore’s murder, but also a more personal event recently. Most of those who testified were in support of the new version of the bill which would make a sexual assault and awareness and domestic violence awareness program available to teachers. Gov. Walker: “She was just very very driven on the issue and there she was with two little girls. So I’m very pleased that I understand that there’s a committee substitute that’s being presented, every indication is that it’s going to the floor for a vote and it may not be exactly what everybody wants but it’s certainly going in the right direction.”center_img Roberts: “I am the mother of a nine year old little boy who was raped on multiple occasions just last summer by a high school neighbor of his father’s. A young man my son knew and trusted. As a teacher the sheer number of children in my classroom struggling with the long-term effects of sexual abuse causes trouble in their learning, their behavior, their classmates ability to learn, and the teacher’s time spent on behavior management instead of curriculum. Imagine what classrooms could look like if kids came to school ready to learn.” Governor Bill Walker commented today, saying he was moved by a mother who approached him in Delta on Monday. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Senate Finance Committee took over three and a half hours of public testimony on the Alaska Safe Children’s Act today.last_img read more

Bristol Sport TV – Meet the Boss – Sanderson

first_imgIn his first in-depth interview since taking over as CEO of the Bristol-based recruitment company, Jon Ball talks about the changes he’s seen in the sector since joining in the mid-nineties.Ball discusses in depth the challenges facing the industry including Covid-19; IR35 and Brexit plus the benefits of sports sponsorship spanning almost thirty years of involvement as front of shirt sponsors for football, rugby and basketball.Subscribe to Bristol Sport TV by clicking here.last_img