Given a choice of a long and prolix article and that of a bad one I would rather choose the bad one that convey the message.
Below is an excrept from an article titled “Further Reflections on the Conversations of Our Time,” written by Professor Judith Butler of University of California at Berkeley that won the first price in a bad writing contest held in New Zealand in 1998.The article appeared in a scholarly journal Diacritics.
"The move from a structuralist account in which capital is understood to structure social relations in relatively homologous ways to a view of hegemony in which power relations are subject to repetition, convergence, and rearticulation brought the question of temporality into the thinking of structure, and marked a shift from a form of Althusserian theory that takes structural totalities as theoretical objects to one in which the insights into the contingent possibility of structure inaugurate a renewed conception of hegemony as bound up with the contingent sites and strategies of the rearticulation of power".
You have to be a genius to make out the meaning of the above gobbledegook.
The Star newspaper had one taken from a blog that would fall in the bad category but not, except for spelling and grammer, as atrocious as the one above.
Not sure whether it was actually bad writing or a made-up.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Reflecting back on the Ahmad Ismail case, could it be ploy by certain quaters within Umno or BN to topple their own leader? Due to Badawi's soft and slow decision making nature and fickle mind, the plot is to have him delay any action on Ahmad Ismail and invoke anger amongst the BN component parties and expedite further loss of confidence by the Rakyat (not much can be loose already).
It would be hard on Badawi to act Ahmad Ismail as he(AI) percived himself as a Perjuang for their own race, any action would result in gross dismay from their type of Malays. Then there is the Chineses community, without any action taken on AI, would mean the remaining support that Badawi or BN still haves would be eroded also. Therefore, I would look at this drama as a plot by certain quaters from within BN it self to topple the current PM and BN chair person. Read more......
I guess the heading should be "Current Political Instability In Malaysia".
You see, it is easier to understand bad English than bad writing and your doctor's prescription.