Our sluggish economy has translated to a lack of editorial oversight. It seems the region's television networks and area's affiliates in addition to local newspapers have chosen design over content. If I see one more promo with an ordinal instead of a date (Oct. 24, not Oct. 24th) or an apostrophe misused (1980s, not 1980's, or ‘80s, not 80's) I will scream. No one will hear me, but I'll feel better.
I'm discouraged that a pretty graphic is more important than correct A.P. style. I'm disappointed that, when forced to reduce staff, management chooses to let the copy editor go and keep the graphic designer. With apologies to designers, they do wonderful work, but copy editors are just as vital.
We're at a crossroads where a wrong turn could lead us along a path where not only does no one care about proper grammar, punctuation or style, but no one knows it. I can't even be sure any longer. I once checked the New York Times if I was uncertain. With the Times' rush to satiate its reader's appetite for online immediacy, even my old touchstone contains errors. Major networks? No. Local respected newspaper? No.
I grew up during a time when television commercials asked: "What do you want? Good grammar or good taste?" Considering good taste - in this example - led many to lung cancer and heart disease, I'm glad I chose wisely.
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Unitarian Universalist Service Committee