Style Over Substance: Five Ways That Culture Writers Snow Us In

Usually, I ignore culture writers.

I skim plenty of articles (I’m a voracious reader) but every now and then I pause on a piece that hearkens back to a mythological time when “romance still existed” or “men were real” and have a good chuckle.

Do you remember the era when nothing bad ever happened and everyone was great? Me neither.

This sort of thing shows up often in the standard semi-intellectual and/or culture oriented magazine, so it’s no surprise that an article titled “The Rise and Fall of Charm in American Men” would be published by the Atlantic.

The headline alone suggests the editorial staff knows they are being ironic (readers with experience in journalism or publishing already know that editors, not writers, are responsible for headline & sub-head).

Of course, when it comes to oversimplification and rhetoric/style over substance, even the NYTimes culture / style section is guilty.

Here are five ways that the Atlantic piece employs standard tactics:

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The question not asked

This morning I read a post by Erin over at ” this would make a great story ”

Robert Frost’s Road Not Taken is one of the first poems I read that made any kind of sense to me at all. It was the first time that structure, purpose, and cadence were more than concepts on a page.

At the moment I’m in the middle of a long, strange trip.

But who isn’t?

In what life is there a static achievement that allows us to Stop. And Never Change. It comes back to the questions that we ask ourselves, in action and in word.

Two questions diverge on the precipice of Change,

I wonder which I should choose, and look down to see as far as I can what the answers might be,

But there is no way to know.

I chose the one less asked and that has made all the difference.

I’m a big fan of the Gay Dad

I’m a big fan of the Gay Dad Project  because they are on a mission to open people’s hearts and minds. One of their loyal supporters, Joel Ferris,  just posted a great story about his relationship with his dad and being a role model for his own kids.

Hop over and read the piece, it’s worth putting in your brain and thinking about for a couple of days. Some real lessons on not only tolerance but how we welcome change and push our definition of compassion.