Tuesday, November 11, 2014


I read a lot of reviews on the Internet. I would like for my blog, or perhaps for something like Wikipedia, to be the high water mark of the Internet, but, alas, they aren't. Product reviews are the high water mark of the Internet. This tells you most of what you need to know about the Internet.

But though I allude in that to all sorts of personal cultural dissatisfactions, there is no denying that I am extremely well read when it comes to product reviews and am, only ever so barely reluctantly, a great fan of them too. I want to know what espresso makers, Orlando hotels, and party based role playing games meet the peoples' standards.

But there is one thing I simply cannot abide. I loathe when a reviewer makes general reference to things that simply don't exist.

I'm not talking about absurd flights of fancy here. I am talking about a too common rhetorical device. I think it would be easiest to show in an example:

"The Mr. Coffee Pump Espresso Maker, while making a competent espresso, and having a very effective steamer, simply does not last long enough to warrant its admittedly cheap price. It is definitely worth going to the next level up and paying twice as much for a more reliable machine."

Okay, I'm ready. I've saved up. Which one? Because there is nothing in the 150 thousand reviews I have just read that suggests such a thing exists.

I admit this is a trifling complaint. I'm sorry. I suggest that you might prefer a blog dealing with weightier issues in a much more compelling fashion. There are many of them out there, on the Internet, somewhere...

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