Feb 16, 2009

Extreme parallel construction

Let's follow the trail of a Feb. 6 press release from the office of San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane.

Here's the first paragraph of the "news" release as posted on Feb. 6 on the San Bernardino Sun/Daily Bulletin breaking news blog:
Members of a recently formed public benefit corporation visited legislators and policy makers in Washington, D.C. this week to educate them about their efforts to tackle the Inland Empire's foreclosure and economic woes.
Here's the first paragraph of a Feb. 6 article "submitted by" David Zook on a site called BestSyndicationNews.com:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of a recently formed public benefit corporation visited legislators and policy makers in Washington, D.C. this week to educate them about their efforts to tackle the Inland Empire’s foreclosure and economic woes.
Here's the first paragraph of a Feb. 7 copyrighted column by Michael Neufeld on a site called RimoftheWorld.net:
Washington, D.C. – Members of a recently formed public benefit corporation visited legislators and policy makers in Washington, D.C. this week. The purpose of this visit was to educate them about their efforts to tackle the Inland Empire's foreclosure and economic woes.
Here's the first paragraph of a Feb. 16 story posted on ChinoHills.com under the byline of "Joe A":
Members of a recently formed public benefit corporation visited legislators and policy makers in Washington, D.C. this week to educate them about their efforts to tackle the Inland Empire's foreclosure and economic woes.
The dramatic coincidences in sentence construction and word choice can be found in each of the succeeding paragraphs as well.

I'll let you draw your own conclusions.

6 comments:

Brave Neuword said...

And ... your point?

Anonymous said...

You have to ask? You can't get past the point atop your head? Don't bother asking if you can't grasp issue pointed out by the entry.

B. Neu. said...

... laughing at rigid lack of humor, subtlety, irony, etc. offset by hostility.

Anonymous said...

I have reread the message. My sincere apologies for giving event the slightest hint of humor.

Let me rephrase: I believe the question is asked by someone who is a pointy-headed dunce.

Thank you.

Gary Scott said...

Earnestness vs. sarcasm. Sounds like the inside of my head.

B. said...

No, I don't get it. Really. I'm earnest about that. Don't you get it? Don't you? Why can't you get that I don't get it? Now who's being pointy about this? Don't you get it, that I don't get it? Huh?