Defence21 wrote:As for the paragraphs, understand that it's written for print, not for web. A full line you see on there ends up being 2-3 lines in a newspaper. A 2-3 line paragraph ends up at 6-9 lines in a newspaper and becomes unread. His style isn't a problem in this or any article.
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One-sentence paragraphs are best used judiciously to stress some important point the writer is making. The short, declarative sentence should impact the reader both in cadence and catch his eye in terms of format. You do not use one-sentence paragraphs to fill space because you have nothing meaningful to say, because that makes you hack.
Look at this article; it doesn't achieve the goal of running "2-3 lines" in a newspaper. Its filler, and stylistically poor. This is straight from the piece:
That's a long way of saying the Penguins were disinterested and stunk in a 5-1 loss to the Florida Panthers at Consol Energy Center.
All teams -- even the better teams -- have a few really rotten nights in an 82-game schedule.
I know it happens.
There is no reason to panic.
But who saw this coming?
"We can't play a hockey game like that," captain Sidney Crosby said.
"They beat us in every area," coach Dan Bylsma added.
Who saw it coming?
WHAT IN THE **** IS THAT??? This is prose for halfwits. GUESS WHAT I SEE COMING? MORE RHETORICAL QUESTIONS THAT CONVEY ZERO INFORMATION AND DON'T EVEN ACHIEVE THE OSTENSIBLE GOALS OF A DAILY COLUMNIST; THAT IS, TO CONVEY AN OPINION OF SOME KIND.
Who saw the Penguins playing such undisciplined hockey, especially in the second period when Tanner Glass, Crosby and Chris Kunitz took unnecessary penalties?
Sure, it happens.
But this bad?
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A better discussion: Is the writing in this piece more offensively inane from a stylistic standpoint, or is it the content that is putting me at risk for a stroke?
THIS **** GUY PUT "REALLY?" AS A STANDALONE PARAGRAPH!
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