content-free

content-free

(1)
(By analogy with "context-free") Used of a message that adds nothing to the recipient's knowledge. Though this adjective is sometimes applied to flamage, it more usually connotes derision for communication styles that exalt form over substance or are centred on concerns irrelevant to the subject ostensibly at hand. Perhaps most used with reference to speeches by company presidents and other professional manipulators.

See also four-colour glossies.

content-free

(2)
Within British schools the term refers to general-purpose software such as a word processor, a spreadsheet or a program that tests spelling of words supplied by the teacher. This is in contrast to software designed to teach a particular topic, e.g. a plant growth simulation, an interactive periodic table or a program that tests spelling of a predetermined list of words. Content-free software can be more cost-effective as it can be reused for many lessons throughout the syllabus.
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This is particularly fascinating because it has recently been shown that differences in usage of content-free words are a signature of different stylistic periods in the history of western literature," said Dr Alberto Acerbi, a Newton Fellow in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol and lead author of the paper.
Curriculum must be developed that does not treat reading as a content-free activity if students are to reach 12th grade as competent and independent readers.
After a decade of politicized art often signaled by, for example, scrappy, claustrophobic, information-heavy installations, narrative-led accounts of personal or political histories, or socially loaded interactive events, the experience of an almost empty gallery and the content-free simplicity of a single projector and a mere thin white line beamed on the wall can leave us speechless by its demonstration of an antithetical idea of democratic, participatory art.
It continued to detail his supposed successes, but was essentially content-free.
It speaks volumes when Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice flies to Jerusalem to try to revive peace talks between Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel and President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority and cannot even get the two to show up when she reads out the content-free joint statement to which they have grudgingly agreed.
Perhaps it's embarrassment over another Chinless performance, a Crude Content-free act that might go down well in cafe society but comes across as Cleverdick.
We have created content-free hearings because of a simple error.
What's interesting, after reading Nachman's book, is reflecting on how much political comedy today is essentially content-free.
Hopefully, 2003 will be the year when Japanese companies finally discover that the Web is good for something other than animated mascots, long lists of mind-numbing press releases and content-free messages from the shacho.
Under such circumstances, as the evidence worldwide shows, physicians, starting with primary care physicians, become trapped as wage slaves, answering to lowest common denominator (or worse) standards set by content-free bureaucrats.
The "official" event, once the arena for fierce debate and passion, is now a firmly supervised fourth- form debating society, full of high-flown words but content-free.
Speaking at the Cato Institute in May, Weekly Standard Editor and Publisher William Kristol noted that congressional Republicans seemed to be seeking a content-free politics for the next two years in the hope of holding their congressional majorities in 1998.