From Burke, Kenneth. Permanence and Change: An Anatomy of Purpose. 1935. Third Edition. Berkeley, CA: U of California P, 1984.
Everyone wanted to make his thesis as salient as possible. To be “noticeable,” he had to distract the attention of his audience from other works which were equally striving to be noticeable. A premium came to be placed upon the most drastic kind of perspectives. Thoroughness no longer meant the search for proportions: it meant the intensification of one’s particular gift–one became thorough by being a freak.