Academia

I'm spending most of my time these days working on my big thesis paper for seminary.  And I'm writing a post tonight mainly so that I can actually use first and second person pronouns in my writing.  It's nice when I can write to you and we can communicate.

What I'm trying to say is this:  The view of the current author is that the customary usage of technical terminology and institutionalized jargon in academic environments has not been proven to consistently result in more comprehensible verbal interaction among the category of people whose linguistic patterns might be referred to as normative.

In other words, I think that lots of academic writing isn't very clear to normal people.  Even if the ideas are clear, the writing isn't.  And oftentimes the writing isn't because there are artificial standards in place that make scholars sound smart but keep them from communicating.  And that's sad.  Or, should I say: This realization has been found to prompt a degree of sorrowfulness in those by whom the practice is deemed objectionable.  I mean, who else is allowed to put three prepositional phrases before an entire independent clause?

So I guess that right now this blog is providing some much-needed literary laxative for this particular author.  Thanks for being part of the pontification.  Soon I'll have to go back to my third-person pronouns, five-line sentences, the passive voice, and a proliferation of lots-o-syllabic words with predictable suffixes.  Actually, it's not that bad.  There are some things that I just can't do.  It is true that third-person pronouns can't be avoided in this particular case, though.  At least I'll sound objective.

I realize that "lots-o-syllabic" isn't the technical term for a word with lots of syllables.  But I've been using so much technical terminology this past week that I'm not finding the mental energy to decide what the proper term would be ("multi-"?  "poly-"?  "mucho-"?).  Apparently I am finding the mental energy to be sarcastic and self-humoring, though.  I probably should get back to work.  Mostly because whenever I try my hand at humor and then ask Cindi, "Do you think that's funny?" she always says, "I think you're funny."

The author is actually really enjoying studying his topic and writing his paper.  He just needed a break.  That being said, he really does believe that clear communication is important and that clarity is more valuable than sounding intelligently complicated.  And I tend to agree with him.


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