Monday, July 28, 2008

The White Note

Wikipedia: "A white paper is a report or guide that often addresses problems and how to solve them. White papers are used to educate readers and help people make decisions".

Originally, the term white paper was used as shorthand to refer to an official government report, indicating that the document is authoritative and informative in nature. Typically, the purpose of a white paper is to advocate that a certain position is the best way to go or that a certain solution is best for a particular problem. Today, white papers have become popular marketing tools for corporations especially on the Internet since many potential customers search for information on the Web.

On the other hand there is a tendency in our society to write terse, abbreviated notes summarizing things that we perceive as problems. These often incorporate personal prejudice or bias, may be rushed or hurried, and are likely to be published informally. Most blogs are examples of this trend.

Today I have decided to launch a new term into the English language. In contrast to well developed and detailed "White Papers" it seems appropriate to refer to these "Shoot from the Hip" or "Off the Cuff" musings as "White Notes" and I will propose the use of "WHIN" pronounced whine as the acronym. Of course some will inevitably refer to these writings as whining and to their author as a whiner. That doesn't sound very complimentary, but such it is with our language.

To get the ball rolling with my whining I am composing a "White Note" on the emergent church movement or if you prefer "Conversation". I am still getting this summary together - my intend is to place it here within the next few days.

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