The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0131 Monday, 25 March 2013
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.
Chair, Theatre & Speech