Cory Leonard

How To Write About Politics: The Engaged or Detached Style?

In politics on May 1, 2013 at 12:56 am

I wanna be a de-tached writer, I want to live the life of danger….Yes David Brooks, this is a good mantra for what we need in our political discourse.

Also, detached writers have more realistic goals. Detached writers generally understand that they are not going to succeed in telling people what to think. It is enough to prod people to think — to provide an idea or piece information that sets readers on a train of thought that takes them far in front of whatever you put down.

The detached writer understands that, at the top level, politics is a bipolar struggle for turf. But the real fun is down below, sparking conversations about underlying concepts, underlying reality and the underlying frame of debate.

via Engaged or Detached? – NYTimes.com.

 

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