Expressions, turns of phrase, figures of speech put us a little nearer the under-the-skin of others, but we mostly see the point of view from the outside. There is no knowing what others think or feel. Published discourse, unlike identity-centred mediated blah-blah, makes a show of putting forward other cases.
Writing and reading as public enterprise leads to an idea of socializing the publishing process, mixing our and other people’s views in Babel or Bedlam. Flat smooth facets reflect kaleidoscopic confusion in which all the variations are prettily distorted versions of the same old, same old.