The pen is mighter than the sword

Subject: The pen is mighter than the sword
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L Writing <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2009 12:02:35 -0400

This borders on a posting for the Friday files, but when you're self-
employed, every day can be Friday. <g> Two recent installments in the
ongoing saga of "the pen is mightier than the sword":

First, an article on the potential military uses of irony appeared in
the recent issue of Harper's magazine:
Having read the full article and some of the literature on rhetoric,
I'm honestly not at all sure whether the researchers are serious or
just having a little ironic fun at the expense of the defence
establishment. I assume the latter, and on that basis, it's a
wonderfully entertaining read. Worth hitting the newstand or library.

I confess that I'm left with this giggleworthy image of Lockheed
Martin exhuming Oscar Wilde, Ambrose Bierce, and Dorothy Parker, and
somehow weaponizing them. Or possibly even the infamous Monty Python
skit about the world's most lethal joke. <g>

Second, a more serious article on how words can be used to disarm even
seemingly intractable foes:
Sometimes the best cure for violent idjits is a good dose of public

Geoff Hart (
ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca / geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com
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