Saturday, January 07, 2012

Vacuous and Verbose- 30

The centre-spread of The Hindu today is dominated by an op-ed by Amartya Sen. The title itself, “The glory and the blemishes of the Indian news media” should warn the reader of Sen’s diabolical intention of unleashing a verbal fussilade. And one look at the piece below the title confirms the worst fears. It must easily run into tens of thousands of words.

Some kind of demon possesses these eminent people when they hold a pen to write or touch a keyboard to type. They just can’t stop showing off their knowledge. Words become long sentences, sentences form long paras, paras run into thousands and pages get consumed.

Fortunately, death-by-boredom rate among readers is low as nobody reads these op-eds.

No idea requires to be elaborated in more than 1000 words. If it stretches beyond that it can only mean one thing. That the writer has made use of some filler text from a Lorem Ipsum generator.

Anyway, as Sen has taken such pains to write his thesis, I have taken the trouble of reading it. Here is my response and counter-argument.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Curabitur eu risus nisl. Nulla tortor felis, aliquet a tristique ac, placerat a mi. Nullam sed erat odio. Vestibulum mattis risus lobortis justo vehicula id viverra enim lobortis. Vestibulum dapibus facilisis leo quis dapibus. Nunc non urna libero. Fusce in tincidunt elit. Cras dolor eros, tincidunt in fermentum vel, blandit ac massa.

Aenean velit tortor, dictum sit amet commodo sit amet, sollicitudin quis leo. Duis vel sapien non libero adipiscing ullamcorper. Duis ac mi ut quam interdum cursus. Maecenas gravida nulla sit amet diam fermentum in euismod urna fermentum. Aliquam lectus mi, sollicitudin id mollis consequat, convallis quis quam. Etiam porttitor, nunc et pretium interdum, mauris purus elementum velit, id pretium libero magna et purus. Vestibulum auctor, nibh mollis ultricies faucibus, elit massa consequat dolor, non feugiat risus tortor a orci.

Proin nulla nibh, dignissim congue blandit sit amet, elementum nec magna. Donec nec mi ut sem fermentum lacinia ut ac arcu. Cras semper, nisi id volutpat adipiscing, urna urna varius mauris, ac aliquet quam turpis a orci. Nunc blandit eros orci. Integer auctor posuere nibh, eget porttitor turpis vestibulum vitae. Mauris tempus ante eu risus congue porttitor. Quisque vitae est urna, in euismod lacus. Etiam posuere eleifend purus, non tempus augue porta ac. Suspendisse ut ligula justo. Cras sit amet nunc sed justo pharetra cursus ac quis eros. Donec rhoncus dolor ac lectus aliquet varius.


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