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09 July 2008 @ 07:49 pm
one quote, one thought  
"Why should I memorize something I can so easily get from a book?" -- attributed to Albert Einstein

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Good collaborative writing aims for one goal: to appear as seamless storytelling or, in other words, to appear as though it is one voice, not many. Most collaborative writing falls well short of the mark. Most of it is uneven. Characters act inconsistently. Details are lost in the wash. The narrative becomes stretched as it is pulled between more than one creative direction. Add in marketeer desires, producers or editors quashing events and actions due to budgetary or political concerns, and executive "notes," you'll quickly see why collaborative writing can suck so damned much.

Now apply that to collaborative legislation. It won't take you long to see why things like the FISA renewal get passed and why the Environmental Protection Agency gets neutered.
 
 
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Benjamin Leelbuckley on July 10th, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
Of course, you have to remember where the hell you left the book... And which book it was in, and unless the book has a great index, you need to remember where in the book the thing was kept...
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on July 10th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
I'm presuming he meant books of charts or references rather than quotes or the like, but yeah. Reference materials without search functions do make that a little more difficult.