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Quote of the week: Michael Gerson

From <em>The Washington Post: "</em>The rhetoric of the rant is the dominant form of public comment on the Internet, where the pithy, personal, scatological attack ...

“The rhetoric of the rant is the dominant form of public comment on the Internet, where the pithy, personal, scatological attack has become a minor art form, rather like sculpting in excrement. The practitioners of the rant have their own television shows, radio programs, and websites. The advocates of this approach often describe it (and themselves) as courageous. But it is a strange moral inversion to talk of the ‘courage’ of the raised middle finger. Rudeness sets out to dominate and humiliate. Every excess provides the excuse for greater and opposite excess—a search for more vicious put-downs and more startling obscenities.”

Michael Gerson
in The Washington Post

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