Oh, the irony. Joel Stein, in his rant against hordes of opinionated Web users, cited Martin Luther and his theses in arguing that a piece should stand alone without commentary.
And along comes economics/politics blogger Brad DeLong to give Stein a hearty kick in the arse:
“Not everything should be interactive. A piece of work that stands on its own, without explanation or defense, takes on its own power. If Martin Luther put his 95 Theses on the wall and then all the townsfolk sent him their comments, and he had to write back to all of them and clarify what he meant, some of the theses would have gotten all watered down and there never would have been a Diet of Worms…”
“Out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light, the following propositions will be discussed at Wittenberg, under the presidency of the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and of Sacred Theology, and Lecturer in Ordinary on the same at that place. Wherefore he requests that those who are unable to be present and debate orally with us, may do so by letter.”
Many thanks to the very snarky Robin Sloan.