More about Language
|I apologize for the last post: it'd crude, borderline offensive, and witty like Jack Daw is witty. Of course, that was kind of the point: legislation that spells out offensive language is bound to be all those things too; we just don't expect an adverb loophole. More to the point, though, those are all qualities that have been, and continue to be, used to denigrate blogging and bloggers. Real journalists/academics/lawyers/etc. just don't use such language, much less read blogs that use such language (as one of my senior colleagues said in a meeting last year, "I've never knowingly visited a blog").|
With that half-hearted apology and paper-thin analysis out of the way, I just want to add that one of the real pleasures of my online reading is watching people like Paul Krugman, Princeton economics professor and New York Times columnist, adopt the vernacular of the blogosphere. I love his use of the term "Very Serious People," his discussion of tax cuts and the meme that all news is good news for Republicans, and his deployment of the blogosphere staple of then/now statements. Some day (actually, someone is probably already working on this) , an industrious graduate student will have an interesting thesis to write on the news revolution of 1997-2007.