Andrey (azangru) wrote,


I have noticed that graduate students are increasingly skeptical when I advise them that they do not have to write obscurely to make a positive impact on professional audiences. Some go so far as to claim that a certain amount of obfuscation is a prerequisite for professional success. When students write ponderously and evasively, it is often not because they could not do otherwise but because they are convinced that such writing is what their professors want.

— Gerald Graff

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    A Google docs presentation file from a recent event. With a script in the bottom — at least, I assume that this is script; I doubt it's a transcript…

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    Twitter is an unending fount of amusement today. The creator and former maintainer of Babel is attacking the current maintainer of Babel for slacking…

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    This is interesting: the quotes from the article, cited in the tweets, are complimentary to the skeptics; the conclusion puts them in the camp of…

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