do digital?

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

I noticed that some so called professionals (professionals, because God knows why, they are getting paid for their outpourings) in the media make fun of alliteration as a sign of a tyro. They themselves have meagre vocabulary but are proud of their impeccable command of PC slogans, which, after all, is all the aspiring media hacks and hackettes need today. For them Thesaurus is some extinct reptile and The Fowlers Modern English Usage is a handbook on how to politically correctly communicate with your hens.

Aliteration amuses me, so I use it from time to time. Also, it clearly separates me from them. Or at least did, until now. In November last year The Economist’s, The Economist’s ! headline brazenly asked “Does Deutschland do digital?


About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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2 Responses to do digital?

  1. Spiro says:

    So, Antisthenes, the “elites” hypocrisy still suprises you? You must be young and naive.

  2. Helmut Groen says:

    They think that the “grammar” is something the ancient people used to play the wax cylinders on. Don’t waste your time with them.

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