Comment: Headline Sensationalization on the DP

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Headline Sensationalization on the DP


I agree with you that some DPers sensationalize to get their posts visited and given pluses. That's sad. I hope that's not the case pertaining to bobby. From him, I hope ignorance is at hand. But I think you're right about some DP posters. Although, I would say many, not just some, DPers sensationalize their posts' headlines.

About bobby, I noticed he made another error. He stated the crowd was callous. In bobby's instance here and in any other instance by whomever, what's correct to do is simple: Say what happened.

It's unwise to pass judgement, that is, to use adjectives and adverbs, on people you're writing about when the article is a report, not a column. Melding those composition types is a mistake because one man's perception that X behaved A (read: a subjective condition) is another man's perception X behaved B (read: a subjective condition).

When reporting, it's best to use simple language. It's best to be objective. This quality, objectivity, allows the who the reporter is writing about to tell his story, thereby allowing the reader to conclude what he will about that person. Simple, clear language almost always consists of nouns, pronouns and verbs with minimal use of adjectives and adverbs.

Using adjectives and adverbs instead of nouns, pronouns and verbs to describe what happened is a chief characteristic between substance and superficiality, between good writing and poor writing -- between leading the reader and, what allows the reader to make up his mind and what I think is scarce in media, reporting to the reader.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.