The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Virgina Postrel on Rudy Guliani:

The most remarkable thing about the speech wasn't its content but how it was delivered. Giuliani spoke fluidly, but in an utterly conversational way, as though he had no text. Instead of trying for old-style oratory, which works for few contemporary speakers, he gave a model 21st-century performance.

I haven't seen the speech, but anything has to be better than "old-style oratory" in the hands of conventional politicians. The hollow tone, the half-shout, the enforced slowness -- all combine to convince one that the speaker is a middling intellect convinced of his own genius solely because he is more intelligent than morons.



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