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This item, which got some attention for no good reason (i read it but i had no good reason to) makes some points that may or may not be good ones (read the comments on digg to see how everyone feels about it, if you want to. you have my permission to do that now, if you want. i’ll just keep writing for now, though. come back when you’re done, if you want to. i’ll still be here.)

the problem is, on the way to making stale points (oops. now you know what i thought of it. i didn’t mean for you to know that), the intro disparages one of my favorite, i think, most important methods of publishing in the history of the world. napkin-scrawling.

so i wrote in to the comments on digg, and thus minutely advanced the popularity of the article whilst slightly bolstering the numbers of those who had commented. but sometimes you have to jump into the pool before you can drown in it.

below, i’ve copied what i wrote there.

the neat thing is that i’ve undermined, to some degree, the entire purpose of my post, and of my comments, by sneakily publishing — or repurposing — my content here. my obvious motive in doing so is to increase the odds that someone other than myself will ever read it. but the whole point of this post, and this blog, seemingly (nobody reads this blog by the way, and if you’re reading it, you fall into the statistically insignificant group we’ll call “the exception,” which, as always, defines the rule) is that there is some value in a thing just for its thingness, and not necessarily in its otherstuffness.

anyway, here’s my point, as we disparage napkinwritings:

it may also be a good time to reflect on some of the great thoughts that have, in fact, been scribbled on cocktail napkins: countless song lyrics, business plans, the gettysburg address and many other great documents. but even the less-great documents that get scribbled on cocktail napkins meant something to someone at some point. it shouldn’t detract from their value that everyone in the bar didn’t come over and read it and leave a note about what they thought about it, should it?


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