Post hoc ergo propter hoc [for Schopenhauer] – Milo

Post hoc ergo propter hoc [for Schopenhauer] is by rapper Milo on his album Things that happen at night.

(Background: Post hoc ergo propter hoc)

Taking naps reminds me a whole lot of time travelling
Every morning groggier than the last
My fragile mind is unravelling
I woke up lost and muddy in the tree farm realm
And I can project myself into scenes I’ve only seen on films
I’m like a toddler
With no sense of object permanence
But I’m abjected
And I’m mighty sure that’s gonna be permanent
I named myself after a fictional character
Which says a lot about my mental health and various barriers
That I’ve constructed
Like a manically depressed Bob the Builder
Attempting to reject my desires
And ask what the fuck do we have Will for
Steve Martin can play the banjo
And there’s a mutant ninja turtle
That lives right under this manhole
Take my ego and begin promptly to dismantle
Till there’s nothing left but a skeleton
Who can’t stay on tempo
Long jogs, fitness clubs
The euphemism treadmill
You wonder if you’re really alive
And I am asking if I am dead still
That line’s gonna scare my dad real bad
That line’s gonna scare my dad real bad
These fallacies are tempting
I wonder if I write Rob another song
Will that add to my redemption
I can’t ride a skate board
But I’ll replace your ball bearings
People in malls think I’m so fucking scary
Straight edge, vegetarian
But I can’t let go of these red herrings
Post hoc ergo propter hoc
And I’m a robot
Can can’t stay on top
And it goes
Post hoc ergo propter hoc
And I’m a robot
Can can’t stay on top
And it goes
Post hoc ergo propter hoc
And I’m a robot
Can can’t stay on top
And it goes
Post hoc ergo propter hoc
And I’m a robot
Can can’t stay on top
And it goes
Post hoc ergo propter hoc
And I’m a robot
Can can’t stay on top
And it goes
Post hoc ergo propter hoc
And I’m a robot
Can can’t stay on top
And it goes

Using hyperlinks in your blog posts

When you write blog posts – or anything on the web – you have more options than when you write for printed books or journals. You have the option of embedding images and videos, but you should also not overlook the use of hyperlinks.

When you use hyperlinks in online writing, you are providing

  • a direct link the the source itself
  • a solution to wordy explanations which interrupt the flow of the sentence
  • a dense and complexly charged way of writing

In a way, your hyperlinks are a form of citation because you are linking to and crediting other sources. Not only is this hyperlinked method of citation a new way of writing, but it also creates a new way of reading. You might say that the writer has done the work of bringing in the textual background for his ideas, but the reader also has to do the hard work of going to the linked sources and reading for understanding. It’s true that the reader has the choice of which links to follow and whether to read all links or not, but the options are there.

As a writer, hyperlinks add references to research you’ve done but do not want to include in depth. Hyperlinks present your wider reading and knowledge which would otherwise have been omitted.

What I like best about hyperlinked articles and posts is that they lead me to places I haven’t discovered, giving me the option of following new research paths, often serendipitous. Ideally, the links will lead me to the information I need in order to gain a deep understanding of the post or article.

At the very least, hyperlinks can be used to take the reader to more information so as not to overcrowd the writing with elaborate explanations or definitions. An example of this is the following online article:

The absurd creature of the week: the real life Pokemon that can regenerate missing limbs.

Photo: Jan-Peter Kasper/Corbis

Eyes Are Drawn to Links

Users scan web pages looking for clues as to what the page is about and where to go next. They use sign posts, such as headings and bolded keywords, as shortcuts to information. Hyperlinks also attract users’ attention and need to stand out, both visually and contextually. Underlined blue text is still the most obvious visual indicator of a link. Easy-to-understand links make the page more scannable because they provide both information about what is on the page and an idea of where to go next.

(from Writing hyperlinks: salient, descriptive, start with keyword)

If we look at online profiles (or biographies), so much can be included using hyperlinks while keeping the biography succinct.

Take a look at Cory Doctorow’s online profile:

I write books. My latest is a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it’s the sequel to Little Brother). More books: Rapture of the Nerds (a novel, with Charlie Stross); With a Little Help(short stories); and The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (novella and nonfic). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.

(Cory Doctorow is a blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing.)

If you take play seriously, you’re getting warmer

These images/videos/articles are to spark your ideas and responses to the theme of play which has been introduced by Mr Fairlie in his blog. This is a very broad concept and the following are prompts which unpack the theme of play. Use them as prompts for your writing. Select a writing medium – poem, song, article, radio program, for example, and express your take on the theme of play.

Add to your post the image/video which was most influential in leading to your response.

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Play can be dangerous. Is that a good or bad thing?

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Do you play safe or push yourself to take risks?

Gaming is a waste of time. Or is it?

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Stay on the task and work hard. Don’t get distracted. Don’t muck around. That’s how the best work gets done. Do you agree?

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