Academic writing is classed
I am not unfamiliar to comments on my papers that say something along the lines of, "beautiful language, but what are you really trying to get at here?" The notion of academic writing has really affected my own writing, to the point where sometimes I try to be so academic, it detracts from my paper. I am always extremely aware of my choice of vocabulary and beautiful sentence structure. For some reason, subconsciously, I tend to think, "if I just sound smart, they won't notice I really have no clue what I'm talking about." The sad part? A lot of times it works. In this sense, academic writing is definitely classed. Because of the education I've received and how I've grown up, I've learned to write well, even if what I'm saying is a load of nonsense. If academic writing were more about the ideas and less about how they are presented, things would be a lot different.