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An Analysis of Coherence Principles of Composition The brief essay on this page, "Accounting for Taste," was written by James Gleick, former editor for the New York Times, lecturer at Princeton, and author of three books about how technology affects our lives. Excerpts from his most recent book, Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything are available online.
Gleick has graciously given us permission to use his article in this Guide to Grammar and Writing. Using blank text blocks, we have divided Gleick's essay into several parts. We want you to analyze how the language above each blank is held together by the four mechanical devices for coherence: Click HERE to review those concepts.
If you would like to read Gleick's essay without being interrupted by the blank text blocks, click HERE. There are hyperlinks to several of James Gleick's essays on that page.
The first bit of analysis has been done for you. When you are done and not before, or your computer will turn into a toadstool! H ello, James Gleick," said Amazon. What an impressive list! Not only does their software try to calculate your taste in music by keeping track of the music you buy, it even tries to work out your taste in music from your reading habits.
This could be a parlor game: If you like E.
Consumer Reports and Crash Test Dummies? The basic idea is the same everywhere. Say you favor turtlenecks, convertibles, nautical history, bebop, and zinfandel. In the jargon of the collaborative-filter game, these weird pals are your "community" and your "trusted associates.
The whole thing is just a mildly clever database look-up, but maybe it works, at least for some people and some kinds of taste. It only has the beginnings of what could become a formidable electronic dossier: At CDnow, for example, a customer can choose buttons for "I own this already" or "Not for me"; the computers, of course, watch and learn.
And these are computers, so the mistakes they make can look very, very stupid.
When they go off the rails in a sensitive area like taste, some people get angry. The Four Seasons by A. As knowledge builds up, maybe the computers will stop recommending Vivaldi to Third Eye Blind fans.
Or maybe it will turn out that Vivaldi and Third Eye Blind have some kind of century-bridging affinity, even if no musicologist could say exactly what. You might think of these growing databases as merchandising dossiers.
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