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Thread #104248   Message #2135277
Posted By: Little Hawk
28-Aug-07 - 11:04 AM
Thread Name: BS: What are the absolutes of good writing?
Subject: RE: BS: What are the absolutes of good writing?
"I refuse to read stuff typed in a dialect. It wastes my time." - leenia

Fine. That's your subjective viewpoint, leenia, and that's okay. The thing that strikes me about it, though, is this:

Anything is a "waste of time" to the person who thinks it's a waste of time, but may not be to another person. For instance, I find watching (or playing) football to be a complete waste of MY time. Many other people love to watch or play football. I find party politics to be a waste of time. Many people take party politics very seriously. I find writing or reading stuff in dialect to be endlessly amusing and entertaining, because dialects and accents intrigue me. You find it a waste of time to read something written in dialect. I have memorized the names and the technical info about every danged battleship and heavy cruiser in the World War II Japanese Navy, because I find that fascinating for some reason. Most people couldn't name even one of them, and wouldn't care a hoot if they could... ;-)

So it goes. ;-) It's all quite arbitrary. Anything can be utterly fascinating to one person and completely pointless to another.