Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Pre-packaged Quotes

“. . .[T]he quotation is the last refuge of spontaneity in an age of endlessly managed messages. When quotations can be unilaterally taken back, the Kabuki is all but complete. . . .” “Journalism in its purest form is a transaction. But inch by inch, story by story, deal by deal, we are giving away our right to ask a simple question and expect a simple answer, one that can’t be taken back. It may seem obvious, but it is still worth stating: The first draft of history should not be rewritten by the people who make it.”

—David Carr, media writer, “The Puppetry of Quotation Approval,” The New York Times, Sept. 17, 2012 
Related: Jeremy Peters, The latest word on the trail? I take it back,” New York Times, July 2012
(Thanks to alert WORDsters JudyVanSlyke Turk and 3 others)

• Editorial Comment: So much for the independent watchdog. If we can’t use actual quotations of news sources, aren’t we all fiction writers?

• Yesterday’s WORD: Did you miss yesterday’s WORDs from the late, great writer David Foster Wallace, on how the powerful make the political process so stultifyingly dull that we pass out from boredom, leaving them free rein to do whatever the hell they please with our country? Click here

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