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I'm frankly not sure what the difference would be if Avnery, a journalist and observer of the IP conflict for over 40 years, posted his own piece or someone else did so for him.

Now, first of all, that wasn't actually Avnery's piece. The most frequently used byline I found when I Googled it was one M.J. Rosenberg. Just for the record, and since ET is usually quite fond of correct attributions.

Second, the difference is that if Rosenberg or Avnery post in person it means that (a) they had our specific audience in mind when they wrote the piece, (b) are (or should be) prepared to elaborate on points of fact, policy and analysis and (c) presumably would not all post here in person, so we would not be inundated with diaries that cover essentially the same ground in terms of content.

Finally, I don't believe there are really very many people on this site who qualify as great writers or analysts or experts, or who have the credentials to criticize the work of others. And IMO it is those few who are not likely to engage in it.

Would you like some more rope? Perhaps another shovel?

As an aside, I asked that question once, albeit in a somewhat more guarded and (hopefully) polite fashion. You might be interested in what turned up in that discussion. Or maybe not. But that would be your loss.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Jun 7th, 2010 at 07:39:04 PM EST
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What is ET's specific audience, Jake? I'd like to know. Has the editorial team collected and prepared a demographic deck? I don't recall being invited to respond to such a survey.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Jun 7th, 2010 at 09:17:24 PM EST
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"great writers or analysts or experts"

Name them. I'll start:

Jerome a Paris

Your turn.

by shergald on Mon Jun 7th, 2010 at 10:14:48 PM EST
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DeAnander, Crazy Horse, the stormy present, afew, Izzy, InWales...

By laying out pros and cons we risk inducing people to join the debate, and losing control of a process that only we fully understand. - Alan Greenspan
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 8th, 2010 at 02:35:22 AM EST
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I'm not sure the topic of "great writers" is one we should visit. I've been stunned by writings (and comments) here and there from so many contributors... it's why we're here.

But shergald also mentioned experts, and this is where ET shines. Seems all of us have expertise in some area or another. I have no training in finance, and learned what dangerous little i know from deal-making. Thus here there are many, yourself included, who have up-leveled my understanding (to the level of merely confused.)

I never knew anything about trains, except how to get on or off them, but DoDo's diaries are absolutely fantastic excursions into the current state of the global industry. Or his diaries on Eastern European history. Or the recent analysis of Merkel, where i was brought to a deeper understanding even though i already lived through some of the events in Germany.

We've been forced by watching Chris Cook hone his arguments to examine the financial world through completely different eyes.

The key point is bringing either original thinking or a compendium of others' thinking to the site.

i have no wish to discuss the place for shergald's posts, i can click or not as i choose, but deleting is crossing the line.

Direct to shergald: you who posts for two years here and doesn't know what Salon is should check your attitude, and realize what a privilege this place is. (that's right, you deleted the evidence that you didn't know what Salon was, so you'll have to take my word for it.)

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Tue Jun 8th, 2010 at 03:49:57 AM EST
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