Posted March 29th, 2003 @ 04:47pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Good writing gets people to think. It may get them to react violently - and I don't mean physically violently - or it may get them to react pensively. It doesn't matter much - it gets a reaction that involves thought.
Many times throughout my writing career I've even said this. When discussing John Dvorak I said:
But I digress. Hell, I'm writing an opinion column myself, right? The difference between myself and Dvorak? I encourage people to think.
To that end, this Edwin Schlossberg quote from Tim O'Reilly resonates strongly:
The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.
Even my disclaimer says I may not express my actual opinions, but instead may write to provoke thought. My own, typically - I don't assume that anyone's reading this silly site!