Blurb this! McClelland & Stewart edition

March 9, 2015 by · 5 Comments 

Persona_Non_Grata_Tom_Flanagan“Flanagan raises some provocative questions about the limits of free speech to engage in theoretical speculation that tests the boundaries of conventional wisdom or morality. There is also a persuasive argument to be made against the judgmental impulse of an Internet lynch mob capable of destroying lives without recourse to due process or considered thought. Unfortunately, these salient points are drowned in a sea of self-serving, pugilistic rhetoric.”

Steven W. Beattie on Tom Flanagan’s Persona Non Grata, Quill & Quire, April 2014

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“‘Flanagan raises provocative questions about the limits of free speech to engage in theoretical speculation that tests the boundaries of conventional wisdom or morality. A persuasive argument against the judgmental impulse of an Internet lynch mob capable of destroying lives without recourse to due process of considered thought.’ Quill & Quire

– Paperback edition of Tom Flanagan’s Persona Non Grata, March 2015

This one is particularly egregious, for a number of reasons. First, there is the blatant manipulation of the second sentence to make it sound as though the quote says precisely the opposite of what it does say in context. Second, this blurb appears on a page with the header, “Praise for Persona Non Grata: The Death of Free Speech in the Internet Age.”

But perhaps most galling is the blinding irony in appending a bastardized quote to a book focused in large part on the dangers of taking someone’s words out of context.