January 4, 2002
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Thuggery

Diane Greco, who rarely writes ill of anyone, denounces "the latest thuggery about cybertext at EBR."

Then, Anja Rau weighs in on the responsibilities of the hypertext critic, doing a nice job of showing how van Looy's 23 charges against We Descend amount to little more than a general dislike of the author's prose style and language.

It's worth noting, too, that the reviewer gets upset about font size, something he could easily have corrected himself. It's a little like complaining that an 18th-century book is bad because the typeface is old-fashioned and you were sitting in an uncomfortable chair when you read it.

Tis hard to say, if greater want of skill
Appear in writing or in judging ill,
But, of the two, less dang'rous is th' offence
To tire our patience, than mislead our sense.