[Foundation-l] Request for your input: biographies of living people

quiddity pandiculation at gmail.com
Wed Mar 4 19:39:45 UTC 2009

http://www.onelook.com/?w=encomium "a formal expression of praise"
http://www.onelook.com/?w=hagiography "a biography that idealizes or
idolizes the person (especially a person who is a saint)"
http://www.onelook.com/?w=saccharine "overly sweet"

On Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 4:19 AM, Gerard Meijssen
<gerard.meijssen at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hoi,
> What is:
> * encomium
> * hagiographical
> * saccharine sentiment
> PS You lost me.
> Thanks,
>      GerardM
> 2009/3/3 Jussi-Ville Heiskanen <cimonavaro at gmail.com>
>> While I find it impossible to disagree with your characterization
>> of the current situation in any depth, and for sentimental reasons
>> don't wish to engage teh view expressed by Jimmy Wales above
>> your reply; I am bound to note that this state of affairs does
>> present a certain historical irony, in that "Criticism and controversy"
>> sections did not originate as a way of "starting" a biasing against
>> a person whom the article was about, but as a way of keeping the
>> main body of the biographical wholly hagiographical, and all the
>> seamy sides being able to be rebutted in the "controversy" section,
>> with none of the encomiums and even the worst saccharine
>> sentiments in the hagiographical portion challenged at all
>> by even the gentlest critical glance. "Yes, we won't be removing
>> that sourced information, just moving it out of the way of the main
>> flow of our sweet article about this wonderful person."

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