Re: With A Bullet

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* There are no doubt employees of CNN.com whose sole job it is to write the bullet points for news articles.
* Some of them probably view their jobs as the first step to a big career in journalism, and others among them likely consider their jobs to be a living hell.
* I hope the latter group do not own handguns.


Posted by: My Alter Ego | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 8:01 AM
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* Edward Tufte is spinning
* In his grave
* He's not dead, though.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 8:14 AM
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2 is funny, though i have no idea who is he
if i knew would it become funnier?
may be should look up who was/is he


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 8:19 AM
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"They think we're idiots."

well, you are reading CNN.


Posted by: Bryan | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 8:23 AM
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2. The author of The Visual Display of Quantitative Information


Posted by: swampcracker | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 8:25 AM
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* Tufte is a critic of the practice of reducing ideas to bullet points.
* He wrote a whole book about it, The Congitive Style of PowerPoint
* He blames it for the Challenger disaster.


Posted by: gdr | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 8:30 AM
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* "There's no bullet list like Stalin's bullet list!"


Posted by: gdr | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 8:31 AM
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* The logical conclusion of this is to extend it to the op-ed pages;
* People who write op-eds like to appear clever and serious;
* Therefore all op-eds should be framed as though they were syllogisms.


Posted by: OneFatEnglishman | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 8:34 AM
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i looked up, an influential statistician they say
it is becoming funnier and funnier
keep them coming, bullets


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 8:35 AM
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i missed ***
so adding


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 8:36 AM
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well, you are reading CNN.

I have no idea when they started doing this -- it could have been a long time ago. I never read CNN. They had the quickest-updating election returns so I read them for the first time in ages last night.


Posted by: Becks | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 8:38 AM
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* What a great idea!
* Someone should add a bulleted summary of comment threads to the end of each post.
* This would help me filter out which ones to read.


Posted by: Di Kotimy | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 8:40 AM
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I have been paid before to reduce a philosophy book to a similar bullet-pointed summary. Both hard and boring.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 8:42 AM
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a bulleted summary of comment threads

*I think this.
*That's stupid and sexist.
*Cock cock cock.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 8:42 AM
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12.

* Pwned!
* B is trolling
* You're all racists

(applies to all threads)


Posted by: OneFatEnglishman | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 8:44 AM
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• Bullets simplify arguments.
• Guns shoot bullets.
• Guns simplify arguments.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 8:46 AM
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*I know it's a lame gift, but Merry Christmas anyhow.
*OH NO, WAIT!
*Goddammit.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 8:47 AM
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I have no idea when they started doing this

A while back, maybe even a year.

8 is great.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 8:49 AM
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12:

* Food.
* Sex.
* Doctor, I'm afraid.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 8:53 AM
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Why is this practice bad? Summarization has a number of problems, but has benefits too. What's so bad, e.g., with this CNN summary:

Story Highlights
# Obama takes Democratic caucuses with 38 percent, trailed by Edwards, Clinton
# Obama: "Change is coming to America; Clinton "ready for rest of campaign"
# Freshman Illinois senator wins among woman, young voters
# Sens. Joe Biden of Delaware, Chris Dodd of Connecticut drop out


Posted by: baa | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 8:54 AM
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20: Du-uh! It has 4 bullets.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 8:57 AM
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20: they don't specify which woman he won among.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 9:05 AM
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* What if bullet points
* became a new artform
* Like Haiku
(Do the asterisks count as syllables?)


Posted by: swampcracker | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 9:07 AM
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Because I can shape an entire election narrative more easily with bullet points?
*Obama edges out Edwards, Clinton, in tight three way race
*Edwards looking ahead to New Hampshire
*Freshman Illinois Senator dependent on youth vote; trounced 3-1 by Clinton among elderly
*Richardson continuing to fight; Biden, Dodd drop out


Posted by: Cala | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 9:23 AM
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7: In Soviet Union, list bullets you !


Posted by: politicalfootball | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 9:35 AM
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Nuance? Complexity? We don't need no stinkin' analysis!


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 9:41 AM
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Nuance? Complexity? We don't need no stinkin' analysis!

* Nuance?
* Complexity?
* We don't need no stinkin' analysis!


Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 9:43 AM
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Powerpoint snobs like Tufte have obviously never had to sit through what happens when the same sort of person who gives a bad powerpoint presentation is forced to give a presentation without powerpoint.


Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 9:44 AM
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*Iraq reconstruction
*Was planned
"On powerpoint slides

*My company
*Is considering
*"No PowerPoint Days"


Posted by: Alex | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 10:03 AM
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* One joke
* Three bullets
* Are we part of the problem now?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 10:08 AM
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* Mindless, dehumanizing tasks cited as increasing workplace stress, say experts.
* Handgun sales sharply up in metro Atlanta area.
* Fuck you, clown.


Posted by: BigHank53 | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 10:20 AM
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* Fuck
* You
* Clown


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 10:37 AM
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*Three bullet points walk into a bar
*Bartender says
*


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 10:37 AM
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*I like CNN's bullets.
*I don't think I'm an idiot.
*I could be wrong.


Posted by: Annie | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 12:13 PM
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* What 28 said.
* Tufte is a clown.
* Damn beautiful books, though.


Posted by: arthegall | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 2:39 PM
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24:
*Guns don't kill campaigns
*Bullets do
*"Edwards loses Iowa"


Posted by: Sharkey | Link to this comment | 01- 4-08 4:12 PM
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