This blog is too smart for its own good?
Blogger Perpetua of Carthage ran some tests on blogospheria Anglicana. Based on the results, she concludes that conservative bloggers offer “greater intellectual engagement” than progressive bloggers. [See note below.] Setting aside the problems of machine-based textual analysis, there are other potential interpretations of the data. Maybe progressive bloggers shun pretentious verbiage? Perhaps conservatives aren’t capable of writing blog posts with the “plain meaning” that they crave in scriptures?
One big flaw in reaching conclusions based on the available data are the results of Seven whole days. This blog must be so clever that analysis was impossible. This blog wasn’t anywhere from “junior high” to “genius.” 7WD is off the charts! Is any other explanation possible? Given that 7WD offers off-the-charts brilliance, doesn’t that change the results of Perpetua’s reasoning? Based on her own logic, doesn’t that mean that the progressives win the cerebral smackdown?
My favorite feature of Perpetua’s posting is the very inclusion of 7WD among such a distinguished pantheon of bloggers. Here I thought I was toiling in quiet obscurity. Little big I know that I was writing a “well known” blog. Woot!
UPDATE: Perpetua has graced this blog with a comment, correcting my posting. She rightly points out that her post maintains that conservative blogs “require” greater intellectual engagement, rather than my summary saying that they “offer” greater intellectual engagement. I stand corrected.
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