The Diction of Media

Words popularized by media and politicians many of which are like short cuts that avoid coherent explanation and analysis: “Nuance”, “Nuanced”The word “nuanced” used to mean something like shaded, subtle, perhaps even difficult to explain related in meaning to the word “complicated” which implies difficult to explain, and understand . On October 17, 2012 a … More The Diction of Media

Will heads roll ?

Is the person who put that “Heads Will Roll” caption on the Drudge page kidding; or do they know identifieable DOJ people who were responsible for improprieties that led to Mr. Epsteins death? They may not be aware that when heads start rollin’ there comes a chain of rolling heads as unstoppable as dominoes or … More Will heads roll ?

Willy Loman, Jay Gatsby & The American Dream

Journalists writing about politics too often seem to share the same glossary of offensive unthinking epithets. When one wishes to learn what a politician is doing that might improve public life writers simply revert to their derogatory journalese of racist and sexist. They rarely try to inform readers or television listeners precisely what a politician … More Willy Loman, Jay Gatsby & The American Dream

People don’t read much:

They prefer the effortless  total immersion in ever varying video images where what’s reported is a mesmerizing blur that requires extraordinary strength of mind to check. 03 December 2018 – 18H31 Television holds ground for news, as print fades: US study

“With friends like that”

For weeks if not months, articles by various journalists nearly every day predicted that General Kelly, President Trump’s chief of staff, would not finish his first term because Mr. Trump disagreed with him. Today after signing on for a second term without pundit apology or reasons for their erroneous prediction, another suggestion that Kelley would … More “With friends like that”

No Popery!

Watching some of Mr. Kavanaugh’s attempted rebuttal steeped in Catholic references, Dicken’s Barnaby Rudge came to mind and that 1780’s Puritan chant – “No Popery”.