About Me

My photo
Brutal Antipathy is a pseudonym for a blogger and forum debate enthusiast whose views often rest well outside of social baseline. A self confirmed atheist, misanthropist, and sadist, his commentary ranges from parched textbook facts to satire and sarcasm. He is a proponent of free speech and individual liberty even when these are taken to excess. His political views shift between lower case libertarian and enlightened despotism depending on the level of contempt he is feeling for his fellow humans at any given moment. His reading interests include history, general science, archaeology, comparative religion, psychology, & sociology. Other interests and hobbies include practicing various crafts, torturing his slave, blogging, playing with his dogs, collecting antiques, role playing & tactical simulation games, renaissance fairs, and cheerfully making other people miserable by holding up a mirror of their shortcomings and repeatedly bashing them in the face with it. L is the owned slave of BA. She basically has the same interests and views as her owner except in music.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Broken Clock is Right Twice a Day, or How Skepchick Made Me Anti-Feminist, part 1

Before I can get to the story, indeed before I can even get to the preface, I need to include the back story in order to make things clear. As you may already understand, words alone are never a perfect medium for conveying information. Prior to the invention of writing, and even then when most were illiterate, we communicated verbally. And with verbal communication comes body language from which we consciously or subconsciously send and draw nuances, clues, and affirmation/rejection regarding our verbal conveyance of information. These ingrained and important non verbal communications are lost to us with the written word, making it all the more imperative that we write clearly. This is one of the reasons I have always argued that one cannot redefine words willy-nilly to suit ones whims. Communication is difficult enough with rules and structure; nigh impossible without it. And as we shall eventually see, lack of information because of our inability to read one of the players body language in the eventual story will definitely play a role in the story's development and interpretation.