The Purest Expression of the IRS

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    Aug 18, 2010 10:56 PM GMT
    I mean really, what says it better? This should be art.

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    Aug 18, 2010 10:58 PM GMT
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    Aug 18, 2010 11:03 PM GMT
    I think that in this situation attitude trumps experience; these pages are common in most official or technical documentation and are there for a reason.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intentionally_blank_page
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    Aug 19, 2010 1:14 AM GMT
    viveutvivas said
    gregography saidI think that in this situation attitude trumps experience; these pages are common in most official or technical documentation and are there for a reason.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intentionally_blank_page


    You are missing the point - it is a logical absurdity, a self-contradicting statement, like saying "I always lie".


    But it's not. In the context of odd and even pages in documents (for example) it clarifies that the page was not merely not printed on - which one would suspect would be an error - but that it was intentionally left blank, move along to the next page, etc.

    I am sure that the first time it was done this way was because someone inserted a blank page for a good reason and got questioned on it repeatedly.
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    Aug 19, 2010 1:16 AM GMT
    viveutvivas said
    gregography saidI think that in this situation attitude trumps experience; these pages are common in most official or technical documentation and are there for a reason.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intentionally_blank_page


    You are missing the point - it is a logical absurdity, a self-contradicting statement, like saying "I always lie".


    OK, sure. It's the use of "blank" that's a contradiction because once you print on it it's not blank. But if you think about it, in the context of a document with intentional stuff printed in it, it is a "blank page".

    So that brings up the question - what would be less contradictory yet clear language?
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    Aug 19, 2010 5:19 AM GMT
    I can see that you've never had to get a dissertation past The Margin Lady.

    One of mine was returned for something stupid that required me to insert a blank page. It was returned again the next week for not having "this page intentionally left blank" typed on it.

    At least I wasn't one of those poor slobs whose page numbers didn't fit in the tiny hole in page mask.

    It was a much bigger deal back in the day when you had to re-type the whole 200 or so pages for trivial stuff like this.

    The Margin Lady was meaner than the IRS.
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    Aug 19, 2010 10:57 AM GMT
    If it helps any I found it to be bloody funny. Anything that plays on language and reality strikes me.

    Rene Magrittes' This is not a pipe is one of those pieces that I love...
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    of course, there are also the good old cartoons (which seem to miss the point of the image not being a pipe- or did it?) If I were an art major I think I could argue the cartoon plays on all of the levels of the original painting and then adds a few more...
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    If either of these is genius and art then certainly the IRS including a printed page that is intentionally "left blank" has to have some merit as art?