The future Baron sent a link to the post below the fold. This is the most impressive piece of writing I’ve seen in a long while: sly, written ironically but with such a light hand that the reader can only admire his dexterity.
For those whose native tongue is not English, let me explain this a little before you read what I’ve snipped or go over to see all of it.
- The title is a template.
- The whole post is a template.
- Each sentence is a template in itself. It carefully explains what the sentence would contain if it were a ‘real’ post.
- The comments which follow the post keep a straight face and supply “templated” comments.
It may take a moment to ‘get’ the author’s intention. If it’s not clear immediately, read it again.
I found myself thinking, “Why couldn’t I have written that?” A small voice replied “Because you’re not that clever, my dear”.
Ah, well…may you enjoy this tour de force as much as I did:
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This is the title of a typical incendiary blog post
This sentence contains a provocative statement that attracts the readers’ attention, but really only has very little to do with the topic of the blog post. This sentence claims to follow logically from the first sentence, though the connection is actually rather tenuous. This sentence claims that very few people are willing to admit the obvious inference of the last two sentences, with an implication that the reader is not one of those very few people. This sentence expresses the unwillingness of the writer to be silenced despite going against the popular wisdom. This sentence is a sort of drum roll, preparing the reader for the shocking truth to be contained in the next sentence.
This sentence contains the thesis of the blog post, a trite and obvious statement cast as a dazzling and controversial insight.
This sentence claims that there are many people who do not agree with the thesis of the blog post as expressed in the previous sentence. This sentence speculates as to the mental and ethical character of the people mentioned in the previous sentence…
Here’s the original post, in full. Be sure to read at least the first page of comments since his readers have created a perfect antiphonal response to his clever idea.
I sent the link to Mr.Clarke’s post to Instapundit. I hope he spreads it around.
The blogger who writes “K Comments” left a link to the televised version of this phenomenon:
Check out K’s site for a comparison of the use of varieties of first person pronouns in a number of State of the Union speeches. Yes, Obama wins. Hands down.
Also check the comments on this post for some clever remarks made in the same spirit as Chris Clarke’s original post.