A quick note, wrapping up my reading of Elbow.

The believing game is promiscuous (WWT 185-186), antagonistic to our fear of being “infected” by a bad idea or by bad writing. See literacy crisis discourse and 19th century pedagogical discourse, esp Paine, Resistant Writer.  Is Composition-Rhetoric, as traditionally (“traditionally?”) taught closely akin to the doubting game, a prophylactic matter? Or is it (i.e. should it be) a promiscuous discipline of believing?

Definite moral note here. Interesting that the promiscuity of the believing game relies so much on “trustworthiness” (i.e. a choice between options X and Y is more trustworthy when you’ve fully let yourself over to both options) (WWT 163-164).

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