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• Posted by Zachary Behrendt
• Date: Friday, December 29, 2000, at 9:56 p.m.
• IP Address: 1cust34.tnt6.minneapolis.mn.da.uu.net
• In Response to: Re: Folks, the BS Meter is pegging (Re: California Man Caugh (Ford A. Thaxton)


> No, is that a clear enough answer for you?

> Yes, but as a rule I don't post such items as a real news story.

> poor form as far as I'm concerned.

> That's the trouble, it not very good, original or even creative.

> About your speed.

> :-)

Ford,

I try desperately to avoid these types of threads, since they really have little to do with film music. I haven't posted in a long time because the majority of threads from the past few days have been about you and Toto's horrible Dune, a score I will forever loathe with the core of my being. But alas, I found myself reading this one out of curiosity. I didn't find the story particularily funny because the sheer mechanics of the act in question are, for lack of a better word, mind-boggling. Did he have to remove the reed before insertion, or am I thinking of the wrong instrument?

Anyhoo, I read a few of the responses, and yours stuck out in my head. With an educated eye and an objective mind, I began to examine it. Blunt in context and grammatically undisciplined, your writing resembles the sort of stream-of-consciousness akin to the style of Nathaniel Hawthorne (The Scarlett Letter, The House of Seven Gables), who would go to great lengths to speak his mind on paper, disregarding cliches like punctuation and proper paragraph breaks. You seem to accomplish this better than Hawthorne, who's writings consist of paragraph-long run-on sentences and page-long paragraphs. Yours, however, consist of very little while simultaneously saying very much. I am almost certain that every word you write on this board and others constitutes the exact thoughts in your mind, as they happen. This is not to say that you think nothing more than what is documented in your posts, but to say that when you write, you write the thought as heard, in real-time, in your head. Or, as my Critical Analysis professor called it, you quote your brain. Little attention is payed to what you have written. I'd say that there is rarely ever more than 2-5 minutes between your first keystroke and the click of the "Post Message" button. Writing, to you, is a painless affair, as you no doubt believe it should be.

But I have remained objective long enough. I would like to begin my subjective analysis by saying that, by nature, I am not an emotinal person by any strech of the imagination. I do not lose my cool with people who's opinions differ from mine, especially when said people are not speaking directly to me. Personal attacks and insults, however, push my buttons. When someone attacks my personal beliefs and my opinions, I lust for blood. Frankly, I'm surprised that Todd Wong remained as cool as he did in his response to your attack. After reading your posts and rebuttles, I can only say one subjective, emotionally driven thing to you, and here it is: I find it infinitely entertaing how far you go to offend people. Not quite as in-depth as the objective portion, I know, but there it is.

Now before you begin digesting this post as a whole, keep in mind that not a single word of it is meant to offend you. I have derived an opinion on your writing style based on my admittedly limited education in the field of analytical writing, and I have also made one singular personal statement. Make of it what you will.

Oh, and if you've read this far, thanks for co-producing Cutthroat Island.

Zack


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