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Wednesday, March 31, 2004



Was just wondering...
Fisking

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Fisking, or "to Fisk", refers to the act of deconstructing, often in minute detail, an article, essay, argument, etc. with the intent of challenging its conclusion or theses by highlighting supposed logical fallacies and incorrect facts. The practice was named in honor of British journalist Robert Fisk after he issued a dispatch from Pakistan describing his savage beating at the hands of Afghani refugees and expressing his opinion that, if he were in their position, he would have treated any Westerner the same. The term first appeared on either of the web logs http://www.instapundit.com or http://www.andrewsullivan.com and has to an extent retained its original ideological associations in that "Fiskings" are usually performed by conservatives on their left-wing opponents, especially those with strong Third worldist sentiments.
Umm, I'd say it is of sullivanite origine, with occult homoerotic reference to "fisting" and everything it implies thereafter (subcultural echo: Mapplethorpe). I was indeed wondering how it is that everybody is gladly using such a barely veiled obscenity :)





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