As the lights go up on the arena, the audience roars...
Announcer: Yes, folks, today, on this beautiful Columbus Day (Canadian Thanksgiving for you Canucks), we have for you a rare event. Previously this would have been handled by way of a Socratic dialogue, but we must roll with the times, so here it is, the showdown between our reigning champion, Accessibility, and his challenger, Depth. Now, if you've been around, you know that this format favors Accessibility over Depth, but it looks like Depth has been training up by lifting heavy tomes of French philosophers. She looks remarkably buff. I'm anxious to see what happens.
Depth and Accessibility face each other in the cage.
Depth: You ready to throw down, punk? Those long nuanced sentences may not be concise, but they've built up my strength.
Accessibility: Your long sentences are worth crap. A short punch is the most powerful.
Depth: We'll see about that: you err in thinking that my deep thinking has stopped me from Karate Kid-esque training while teaching deeper substance at the same time (and using many colons and semicolons). Furthermore, I have an attention span that can grind yours into the ground.
Accessibility: You going to stand there and argue, or fight? That's what people came here to see. Let's rumble!
Depth: Don't think I can't be passionate, nuanced, and right at the same time. Bring it on, dude. Bring it on.
They pitch into each other.
[To be continued...]
Any takers for the chances of either side?
Monday, October 13, 2008
A Cage Match: Depth vs. Accessibility
I'm a writer, an incurable reader, a narrative theorist, a media researcher, a scholar/author/writer/consultant, a PK, and the Queen of Soup Making. I write a lot, and I've taught a wide range of topics in universities. Along my journey I've picked up a PhD in Communication from Purdue and 2 degrees in English. I've been turning my ideas about communication as author-audience relationships into a communication paradigm that can be applied to a wide range of situations. I'm also writing a historical mystery series. I'm a member of Sisters in Crime, and the co-chair of the Mystery and Detective Fiction Caucus of the Popular Culture Association. My MA thesis focused on connections between T. S. Eliot and Thoreau, who each wondered about how to remain still and still moving. Before I went to grad school, I spent 7 years working for a division of HarperCollins Publishers.