More on Writing and Why Clear Writing Matters

Deven Desai

Deven Desai is an associate professor of law and ethics at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also the first, and to date, only Academic Research Counsel at Google, Inc., and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the Yale Law School. Professor Desai’s scholarship examines how business interests, new technology, and economic theories shape privacy and intellectual property law and where those arguments explain productivity or where they fail to capture society’s interest in the free flow of information and development. His work has appeared in leading law reviews and journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and U.C. Davis Law Review.

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4 Responses

  1. Hemingway could have used a refresher course in how to use a comma.

  2. Joe says:

    “A main point is that when one writes in simple, clear sentences, one cannot lie.”

    That’s a bit exaggerated. It must be particularly hard for lawyers and law professors to follow.

  3. David Glenn says:

    I read an article that says,” A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus: What am I trying to say? What words will express it? What image or idiom will make it clearer? Is this image fresh enough to have an effect? And he will probably ask himself two more: Could I put it more shortly? Have I said anything that is avoidably ugly?”

    I hope regardless of profession, would consider asking these questions first.

  4. AGR says:

    @KJH–That is why God invented copy editors…