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Trendspotting: Associating Random Things to Lawyering

Tibetan herder On the SpamNotes blog, Venkat Balasubramani makes an excellent observation about an "unfortunate" legal blogging trend. In his post this week entitled, "What Tibetan Goatherders Can Teach us About Lawyering," Balasubramani notes that bloggers increasingly "associate two totally random things that have no connection at all, and ask what one can teach the other (or what one can learn from the other)."

LBW readers have probably seen recent examples of this trend in your own legal blog watching, and Balasubramani provides links to a handful that he has encountered, as well:

Balasubramani says that while this tactic may appeal to some, it doesn't work for him at all, and reminds him of a line in one of Justice Scalia's opinions:

Applying the 'relate to' provision according to its terms was a project doomed to failure, since, as many a curbstone philosopher has observed, everything is related to everything else.

I'm with Balasubramani on this one. Now that he has connected the dots on this silly blogging trend, perhaps bloggers will let it rest in peace.

Posted by Bruce Carton on January 13, 2010 at 01:45 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)


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