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Public Insults
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0715  Thursday, 14 April 2005

[1] From:               D Bloom <
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Date:           Wednesday, 13 Apr 2005 11:09:07 -0500
Subject: 16.0689 Public Insults
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0689 Public Insults

[2] From:               Tom Krause <
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Date:           Wednesday, 13 Apr 2005 20:37:50 -0400
Subject: Public Insults
Comment:        SHK 16.0701 Public Insults


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From:           D Bloom <
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Date:           Wednesday, 13 Apr 2005 11:09:07 -0500
Subject: 16.0689 Public Insults
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0689 Public Insults

Terence Hawkes :

Enough of this sanctimonious snivelling!

Sanctimonious Snivelling? Wasn't he a canting dissenter in one of Ben
Jonson's plays?

don

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From:           Tom Krause <
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Date:           Wednesday, 13 Apr 2005 20:37:50 -0400
Subject: Public Insults
Comment:        SHK 16.0701 Public Insults

As anyone who has studied advocacy can tell you, personal attacks
invariably make good arguments look worse.  Since you wouldn't be
writing unless you thought you were making a good argument, it's good
policy to leave them out.

The paradox is that personal attacks can sometimes make bad arguments
look better, especially to a casual reader (which, let's face it, many
of us are, much of the time).

Hardy's rule against personal insults thus achieves the social optimum:
it prevents good arguments from looking worse than they are, and bad
ones from looking better.

While personal attacks may be entertaining to the rest of us, keep in
mind that we are more likely laughing at you than your intended victim.
  Case in point:  every time Larry Weiss calls someone "delusional"
nowadays, I am reminded of the kinder, gentler Larry Weiss who said
"What offends me a great deal more than [something other listmembers had
found offensive] is one list member calling another 'delusional.'"
(http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2004/1774.html).

Tom Krause

[Editor's Note: For the record, I have not made rules, only suggestions.
My preferences are for tolerance and civility. And in my position as
Vicar of this tea party, I feel compelled to suffer fools more gladly
that I might otherwise. I confess I do have times when I am also
concerned about my liability, but I am not a lawyer, nor was meant to
be. I am but an attendant lord . . . In any case, I do not think there
is reason to continue this thread.]

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