Originally Posted by thewho13
KJ, I'm glad you can copy and paste George Orwell's thoughts in order to articulate your so-well-founded dislike of discursive writing. It's really impressive how capably you're able to criticize, with substance, the language that is so obviously, so needlessly, "heightened."
Edit: whoa, 500 posts. Cool.
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One last thought: it's incredibly ironic that, in a thread about what might be slotted as "alternative" style, people are taking issue with a certain style of writing. And they point to "a lack of substance" as a cover for what is basically an aversion to (a particular) style (of writing). Call it a crutch, call it foggy, call it what you will—that doesn't make it so, and such "criticism" fails to speak, with even the slightest of intelligence, to any specific concern. What I've written about has a clear, concrete aim; this is undeniable. And was my writing understandable? Clearly so. Was it wordy? Yes. Is it pleasing to write like that? For me, yes; but clearly not for everyone. Is it pleasing to read? Again, not for everyone. Until someone simply says "I don't understand this," then I fail to see any glaring issue. (Failure to understand hardly strikes me as a terribly big concern; nothing I've ever written here could be considered incomprehensible.) So what, it could have been written with less words? So the fuck what? If you don't want to bother reading something, then don't read it. Simply pointing to writing that uses ostensibly big words, or lots of semicolons (if you think you've seen a lot of semicolons—and, moreover, if you think you've seen a lot of m-dashes—then go read some Melville), and then calling it "overwrought," or "lacking substance" is like listening to the idiots who complain about e.g. Yohji, Damir, Rick, Raf, Kiryuyrik, Comme, Geller (to a lesser extent), and etc. being "too affected," or "overly stylistic." I don't mean to invite a comparison of the *quality* between writing style and the aforementioned designers and the way their aesthetic manifests in consumers' style; but the moment you extend your distaste to "academic" (what a false—and essentialist—categorical disavowal) writing, you forget the very fact that "style" means more than just how you put some fucking cotton/wool/whateverthefuck on your Aryan skin.