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Which brings up another point regarding use of language: Literally, every time someone uses the word literally, it is incorrect.
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The item about Simpson was completely sincere; though, admittedly, the 'thug life' reference was meant in a jocular way.
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No smear intended; it's fascinating and brave move by the former senator to use his own background to argue for mercy in the case of these two prisoners.
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I certainly hope readers find the blog, and I acknowledge that language -- like humor and surprise -- can be used to draw traffic. That can't make an audience stick around, though; and I think that a case like this can be used to illuminate significant matters. Hence, the follow-up post (prompted by critiques such as yours) that tries to grapple with the reasoning itself.
Toggle Commented May 31, 2009 on Sonia Sotomayor: XXX rated at Suits & Sentences
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Good question by Mark, concerning the dynamics involved in linking to an uncensored opinion but then censoring the words in the blog. I wrestled with it, but here was my thinking: First came the decision to blog on this particular case. Yes, it's a bit squalid and not important to the overall assessment of Sotomayor, but I thought it, well, an entertaining sidebar to our more serious coverage at www.mcclatchydc.com. Second came the decision to bleep out the specific words. I concluded that because the purpose of this posting was 'entertainment' more than illumination -- lesser-value speech, in a sense -- that I had less cause to violate clean-speech expectations. I also thought the use of **** is inherently funny. Third, by linking to the opinion the blog allows the curious to read for themselves all the gritty details.
Toggle Commented May 31, 2009 on Sonia Sotomayor: XXX rated at Suits & Sentences
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