Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Pick A Pretext, Any Pretext

Remember Mad Libs? A skeletal narrative framework is provided, and the interlocutor is asked to provide verbs, nouns, &c. of their choosing, resulting in a hilariously incongruous bellylaugh of a nonsense story?

This technique has found new relevance in the War on Terror. Witness Charles Clarke:
Mr Clarke is chairing an emergency meeting of European Union interior ministers, called in direct response to the bombings in London.

The fact [the bomb suspects were British] gave "extra impetus" to understanding the "radicalisation" and recruitment of those behind attacks, he said.
Any road up, as they say.

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