albinoapple wrote:You, who so cares about artistic quality, doesn't care about writing quality? If it gets the job done who cares? You surely do harp on (rightfully so) about ramy's (lack of) personal style. The shiny and lack of expression and detail are in fact a personal style though.
Of course wordy and overcomplicated style CAN inhibit your goals of getting people to actually listen to you. I trudge through philosophy books in college, I don't want to read verbose language on my downtime too. Especially when, after going through your post, I have learned little new. The effort/enlightenment ratio isn't in your favor.
writing quality is not brevity. You read Vonnegut for simple, pithy language that goes far deeper than the words themselves. You read Hardy for language that, while often extraneous, is nevertheless worth reading every word of. Just as complexity is not automatically art, simplicity is not either. That's the same sort of ignorant idea that makes stunning art pieces buttafuoco to print here... people think it's too complex for a shirt, instead of bothering to take the time to understand what is going on.
At this point, where is the potential education, though? You admit you know about this stuff, and you admit you haven't learned anything new. But the science of Ramytheft isn't exactly ever-evolving. All I can do is hope that, by speaking the truth often enough, someone will eventually listen who didn't know before. Or else, and better, woot will finally say "we can't ignore this any more, because Adder is clearly right. Let's fix it." It's a naive hope, but it's the only hope. When there is nothing more to say, sometimes you need to say all of it, and make sure all of it is said every time.
I am all for quality, but I believe that fact is not particularly art. I do think my style comes through even so. But for fact, yes, it is all about getting the point across and doing so intelligently. Art, not so. Art is about more. If I were to write a book about how woot screws over artists, it would be far more elegant prose. But in a message board format, I am far more concerned with what is being said than how it's being said. If you really want to argue that point, you're only hurting the message. Say it briefer with equal passion. If people start listening to YOU, my job is still done.