A reader sent this in, describing it as “grotesquely stupid”. I agree.
This, to me, is part of a larger phenomenon that I find very troubling. Technology has made it possible for idiots to create extremely lengthy, confusing documents that are so elaborate that any criticism can be sort-of deflected with a “what about that red dot?” or “that is central to my point as you would know if you read the whole thing”. Megan McArdle is the ultimate example of this, but she is hardly alone. It’s Infinite Jest as political argument.