Politics in haiku, poetry in research

February 24, 2007

Here it is in haiku:

Let them sleep, like dogs? Oh, no:
Refute them at once.

Here is the title of the thesis the poem represents:

“How to handle opposing arguments in persuasive messages: A meta-analytic review of the effects of one-sided and two-sided messages”

Haiku is probably easier for campaign managers to remember — good advice in 17 syllables.

Jim Gibbon.com has a contest going — he challenged people to boil their recent academic publications down to the 17-syllable poetry form called haiku, for social science research, humanities publications, physical sciences, and a category called tech/computers/internet.

I tell speech students and clients that any good argument or thesis can be boiled down to a 30-second statement. Haiku may be a little too brief for my purposes, but it’s more artful, too. Some of the poems are pretty good, none are really bad.

Grad students with too little art in their lives, perhaps. Go vote and encourage them to communicate better, with poetry, even.

Here’s a piece of social science research I’d like to read:

dixie chicks blacklist
krugman blames clear channel (jerks)
nope, it was rednecks

(“Elites, Masses, and Media Blacklists: The Dixie Chicks Controversy”)

Tip of the old scrub brush to Bug Girl.

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