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I see you've hit on all my

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I see you've hit on all my favorites. Thank you for articulating my obsession with Sorkin so beautifully.

In response to the previous comment, while Mamet may "run rings around Sorkin," it's difficult to use his work in a classroom since it's littered with profanity. Mamet's work stuns and eviscerates, but it rarely inspires.

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Thank you , Kris. Looking at

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Thank you , Kris. Looking at the techniques that this dialogue stylist wields so expertly really helped me improve my dialogue writing!

Todd

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Mr. Finley, you have written

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Mr. Finley, you have written an excellent article on why Sorkin's writing is so engaging, and how the rest of us can possibly emulate this incredible style.
I unfortunately must disagree heartily with Mr. Hauck's assessment, which is loaded with a right-wing concept of Sorkin's writing. If he was really paying attention, he would notice, as you have pointed out, that Sorkin does not attribute all knowledge to the leftist characters. The main character in The Newsroom is somewhat conservative, and he is imbued with all sorts of moral character and smarts and charisma. He is one of the most likeable characters in the series. Perhaps Mr. Hauck should watch a little more of a show before he rails on the "smarmy elitist" attitudes that supposedly prevail in Sorkin screenplays [although I do enjoy his use of the word "smarmy"!].

Anyways, thanks for a fantastic article that I find very helpful as I dissect Sorkin's dialogue to understand why it is so compelling when compared to other writing I see in movies and on television.

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Sorkin on Sorkin

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Editor Betty shared this article, where Sorkin shows how to write a screenplay: http://gqm.ag/OU7NdY.

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Mr. Hauck, Like you, I marvel

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Mr. Hauck,

Like you, I marvel at Mamet's technical skills. Nobody doubts that Sorkin is left-leaning (like me). However, he repeatedly gives right wing characters sage dialogue and has them defeat the more liberal characters in debates. In The Newsroom, the main character is somewhere between libertarian and conservative. In a recent episode, when the anchor bullies the communications representative of a republican senator, he is brought up short. I think Sorkin should get some credit for avoiding "straw man" characters.

The notion of "elitism" is tricky. When the characters grow pretentious, Sorkin's scripts inevitably have their ego balloons pop. Ultimately, almost all his characters are written as flawed people trying to do good.

Thanks for reading the piece and taking the time to comment.

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There is another component to

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There is another component to "Sorkinology" that has been omitted, and that is to routinely impugn right-of-center values and ideas and therefore, suggesting that their proponents are not among the "smart people" he envisions for his scripts.

This Newsroom just reeks of this smarmy elitist attitude. Perhaps the truly "smart people" are ones avoiding this show in droves, according to the more recent ratings reports.

if you want to teach kids about REALLY great scriptwriting, have them read anything written by David Mamet. Mamet runs rings around Aaron Sorkin.

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