03 April 2013

What's in a name? AP tries to radically alter language (again)

Agenda-driven language saboteurs strike again!  The Associated Press, which has a very broad reach in its decisions over journalists' use of modern language, oversees style or "word selection" more and more in news articles and has issued its latest decree:  Don't use the term "illegal immigrants".  It has chosen to put the full weight of its words behind a political issue, which is de facto editorializing in what is supposed to be neutrally reported news - fundamentally a big no-no, right?  Unfortunately, we've gotten away from that.  It's not as if this couldn't have been predicted; at some point, the AP ran out of punctuation and grammar issues to mediate and not content to just report the news, the establishment now has turned to meddling in politics for the benefit of issues cherished by destructive liberal forces.  News has lost most of its credibility anyway, just Google "The day journalism died" and you'll get thousands of results, unfortunately it's not as if information consumers will care.  One more hardly noticed straw on the camel's back.

Nothing would make the Democratic-owned press happier than a 100% postmodern, neutered audience that blissfully drives its Priuses while it wrests the final gasp for truth from its dying profession and emerging the legitimated Fourth Estate.  I disagree that the words "illegal immigrant" are emotionally charged.  I have seen people carrying signs that "humans aren't illegal", but they're terribly misguided.  The word illegal modifies the status or disposition of a person - an immigrant - the number of which constitutes a growing U.S. crisis - and not the person himself.

Never ask a liberal or a journalist to pay attention to any facts; it may wreck the story. And it is the story being told which is important. Not the truth; not since journalism became a megaphone for a political party or the causes which they champion. ("Oldegrump1")

The interpretation of words, the power of which is concisely detailed in the Bible, is the starting point for human affairs. In the Bible, we see that language used in the wrong way can hurt others and expose the soul.  It is a powerful and potentially injurious force. Words should be chosen carefully, although I'm not an expert in what the Bible claims.  At any rate, this idea holds water from personal experience alone and without tons of analysis or (dare I say it) deconstruction.  I do know the Bible encourages judgement in speech and acknowledges their transactional and metaphysical value.

Whether it's a jar at the store, your front door, or the words used in everyday language, when you see  tampering, be suspicious.  Intentional alteration of words' meaning, and thus IDEAS, especially by those who claim to be authorities on our means of communicating them, will not bring us nearer to truth.

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