Thursday, June 01, 2006

Writing exceptionally

Dean Bertram has a piece in The Australian about Hollywood's treatment of conspiracy theories and the silliness that ensues when new movies come out. I tend to agree with his arguments ("Hollywood has sanitised an assortment of weird beliefs and helped create what American political scientist Michael Barkun identifies as "a culture of conspiracy"."), but I enjoy his writing. He mixes magnificent words with common parlance in a way that is tight, expressive, and not overdone.

Take this wonderful sentence:
Intercutting the real with the staged and bombarding the audience with emotive footage and questionable data, these dubious productions served up an easily digestible but nonetheless half-baked reality, a type of dissent for dummies.

Nicely done. A little song in prose, as far as I am concerned.

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