Thanksgiving Is Ruined
August 26, 2009
the "inverse Sprezzatura" strategy
Ms. Dowd counsels that pseudonymous bloggers check themselves before giving offense, and mentions almost off-handedly:
The great poet Fernando Pessoa used heteronyms to write in different styles and even to review the work composed under his other names.
However she then fails to pursue the thought to its logical
conclusion, one that the technology itself almost seems to invite.[or "logical," as in TiR "logic"]
Bloggers should set up parallel, heteronymous blog sites to critique, review, heckle, ridicule and heap abuse on
[or engage in dialogue, tri-alogue, "try"-alogue, multilogue, or revise & extend . . . ]
their own posts.
Pessoa, for example, could have had one blog under his own name, and others for Alberto Caeiro, Álvaro de Campos, Ricardo Reis, etc.
A less cumbersome stragegy would be to bracket or parenthesize then insert the critique directly into the texts of the original posts.
[No it wouldn't.]
[Yes it would.]
[No it wouldn't!]
[And so on.]