Monday, March 18, 2013

The unforgiving minute: Sometimes the obvious has to be belabored anyway

If you introduce a video, quote, image, or whatever, with these words:
Presented without comment.
. . . you just commented.

Acceptable formulations include:

(1) Briefly explaining to your readers why the item is going to be surprising, humorous, ironic, or whatever it is that you wanted them to discover about the piece but didn't trust them to notice on their own.

(2) Introducing the quote, video, etc., with these words:
Presented without further comment.
Or (3) simply presenting the quote, video, etc. But, you know, without comment.

Minute's up.

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