I actually voted to enter Cambodia, before I voted to exit

Here's a column that doesn't say anything you haven't seen in the blogosphere for weeks, but at the very least it shows that commentary in the press hasn't yet quit on the Cambodia story (there're more recent pieces here, here, here, and here where bloggers are respectfully credited with pushing the story, though referred to as 'free-lance journalists').

Here's an excerpt from the first column noted above:

If Kerry didn't fabricate, he exaggerated. Or misspoke. Or got confused. Or something. But whatever the differences among versions, the story is part of a larger narrative that may matter more than the details.

It is a story of naked ambition and grandiosity, the narrative of a self-absorbed man who always needed to be best and first, whether captain of the boat in Vietnam or winner of the debate in school. Who, when accidentally knocked off his snowboard as an adult fumed, ‘‘I don't fall down.''

He's the sort of man who thinks to take a movie camera to war to document himself for uses now known to be political; who willingly exploits his heroism in ways real heroes never do; who builds a career on disgust toward a war he later characterizes as the crowning achievement in a life that seems more risumi than real.

What really peaked my interest was the term 'risumi' which I'd never seen before. A little research and I found that several websites had it in place of resume. And here's the explanation:

A "risumi", word fans, is a special kind of "resume" that has been written with a ISO-8859-1/14 character set and then sent through a mailer that drops the high bit. Lowercase e with an acute accent, minus the top bit, turns into an "i". Hence, risumi. Our favourite citation for the new dictionary entry: an article by Peter Kaufman, "creative strategist" at clickz.com, who confidently declares "Why would anyone hire a person with spelling errors in a document? Several risumis I've seen over the years have had spelling, grammar and syntax errors that would make you either laugh or cry".

Now, I'm going to guess that the author of the column cited above had résumé and the change occurred as explained, but part of me really wants it to have said risumi, as that captures better the reality of Kerry's flawed presentation.

PS: The last column linked above is heartily recommended, so I'll link it again.

posted by Dennis on 08.24.04 at 11:41 AM


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"Risumi" sounds like a Japanese food.

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