Martin Luther strikes back at Joel Stein

martin_luther_1.jpgOh, 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:

Joel Stein:

“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…”

Martin Luther:

“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.”

‘Nuff said.

Many thanks to the very snarky Robin Sloan.

About Danny Sanchez

Danny Sanchez is the Audience Development Manager at Tribune’s Sun-Sentinel.com and OrlandoSentinel.com. Danny has been with Tribune since 2005 in a variety of editorial, digital and product development roles in Hartford, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. He has also previously worked in the newsrooms of the Tampa Bay Times and The Miami Herald.

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