The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0131  Monday, 25 March 2013


From:        George Angell <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         March 24, 2013 12:04:25 PM EDT

Subject:     Re: Post Length


While neither competent nor erudite enough to argue with Gerald Downs on the question of whose hand is whose in Thomas More, I must agree with him about the length of his own post. It seems to me that a discussion list is a place for serious discussion of deeply considered topics. Serious argument requires detail, evidence, and careful rhetorical consideration. If I’m really not interested in reading something, I can always hit the delete button. Yes, I think the post was the longest one I have seen on any of the lists to which I belong, yet suggesting that sub-par arguments are to be preferred over cogent ones for reasons of brevity seems counter-productive to me.


G. Angell

Chair, Theatre & Speech

Hillsdale College 


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