Good Netiquette requires many things to be complete. Good grammar and language are two items among many. Some people will use quotations to get their message across. And even though many of these sound "intellectual" they may be or will appear to be trite, hollow or simply no more than a cliche.
The article below is excellent at conveying this and it is something we all should keep in mind the next time we offer a quotation in our communication! ==========================================================
From psyblog - http://www.spring.org.uk/
Why You Should Avoid Wise-Sounding But Meaningless Quotes
Some of the statements were mundane like: “most people enjoy some kind of music”.
Others were from Deepak Chopra, a well-known author and public speaker.
These included quotes like:
“Attention and intention are the mechanics of Manifestation.”
Imagination is inside exponential space time events.
Nature is a self-regulating ecosystem of awareness.
In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.”
The quotes seem primarily designed to impress you rather than actually inform you of anything.
Other quotes were randomly generated by a website that mixes up buzzwords into grammatically correct but meaningless sentences.
These were compared with statements which are considered profound(-ish), but are written in plain English, such as:
“A river cuts through a rock, not because of its power, but its persistence.”
Worryingly, some people failed to notice the difference between the meaningless quotes and the genuinely profound ones.
More hearteningly, on average, the genuinely profound statements were given the highest ratings.
Mr Gordon Pennycook, a PhD student who led the research, writes:
“Our results support the idea that some people are more receptive to this type of bulls**t and that detecting it is not merely a matter of indiscriminate skepticism but rather a discernment of deceptive vagueness in otherwise impressive sounding claims.
Those more receptive to bulls**t are less reflective, lower in cognitive ability – numeracy, verbal and fluid intelligence), are more prone to ontological confusions and conspiratorial ideation, are more likely to hold religious and paranormal beliefs, and are more likely to endorse complementary and alternative medicine.”
“Chopra has over 2.5 million followers on “Twitter” and has written more than twenty New York Times bestsellers.
Bull***t is not only common; it is popular.
Chopra is, of course, just one example among many.
Using vagueness or ambiguity to mask a lack of meaningfulness is surely common in political rhetoric, marketing, and even academia.
“One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bull***t.
Everyone knows this.
Each of us contributes his share.””
The study was published in the journal Judgment and Decision Making (Pennycook et al., 2015).=======================================================
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