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19 June 2005
  C-Minus in Argumentation
Two can play at this game. Only one will win.

David Brazeal over at Horn+Swoggled accuses yours truly of cheating my way to the top of blog lists. Practicing eisegetical argumentation, he accuses me of using the spelling of my name in order to get to the top of alphabetical lists of blogs.

Fie on him! For one who so desires to be taken seriously as a journalist with his (excellent) Cross+Wise, he goes to extraordinary lengths to disabuse readers of that notion with Horn+Swoggled.

Does he want me to descend into modern adspeak? Would he have me rename this blog "R-D Vark R Us"? Now granted, the double-A beginning of my commonly known species name is advantageous: However, if I really wanted to cheat, I'd throw in a few gratuitous punctuation marks prior to the site title. "!!!Zee Aardvark!!!" would sort ahead of "Aardvark Alley" in most computer generated lists. He has given me a good idea, though: I could rename this blog to "!!!AAA Aardvark Alley!!!".

No, if David wants to move up in the world (at least in alphabetized blogrolls, he should consider using "Brazeal, David" as a blog title. Of course, if I similarly operated, I'd still be ahead of him with "Afer, Orycteropus". Let's face it, David: There's no way you're ever going to get ahead of this aardvark, whether you cheat or not.
 
Comments:
Methinks you all doth protest too much! ;)
 
Ah, but here you have made a fatal mistake. You cannot accuse me of accusing you of anything -- because I didn't make any accusations!

You called me a journalist, and that's a lowdown accucation, even if it is true; but because it is true, I've used the tried-and-true journalistic method of letting others do the accusing. I simply gave them a forum to do it.

Of course, in this case, the people I quoted didn't technically say the things I quoted them as saying. But that's not so different from the standards of the New York Times nowadays, is it?

Brazeal, David
Editor, !!!AAA Horn+Swoggled!!!

By the way, I love this blog, even if you do cheat.
 
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