slowriot wrote:I've heard this happens in E-Books. Some of them are generated with OCR and they don't bother to fix the mistakes by editing them after the scanning and OCR. Oops, should have read down a bit further...The online publishing business model has somewhat of a fundamental pull to eliminate pesky things like editors. Media companies are better off in terms of the bottom-line by focusing on quantity and controversy versus quality and nuance. Basically... trying to support everything with ad views and clicks means you have to get more pages out and in a shorter amount of time.
Plus a site like "Droid Life" really has no pretense of high quality journalism in the first place. I really wonder just how much revenue that site generates. Heck, I'd be curious as to what percentage of their viewers are blocking the revenue streams in the first place. I bet its, to most, shockingly high.
Now a company like Gawker Media who does all of these things plus much, much worse... now that really bothers me.
esc_in_ks wrote:What about Kindle books?
I find the formatting to often be horrible. I've run across books which were clearly converted to Kindle format using OCR and no one bothered to check over the results with even so much as a spell checker. There's a feature in the Kindle application to report errors, but it appears to go somewhere that's never actually read. I've stopped bothering to report errors and have followed that up with rarely buying Kindle titles any more.
I think poor editing is just part of the new Digital Culture. Enjoy!
TwoEars wrote:Growing up back in the 60's and 70's, one of the things about British journalists in particular and TV anchors in general, was their stiff upper lip, no matter what material they were reading to the TV camera.I am not so much bothered by the gramma as by the fact that what once were professional news sites now seem to be written by angst-ridden 20-years olds. These are news outlets which once prided themselves on remaining neutral and objective, but which now have no problem letting the personal biases and opinions of their reporters shine through in subtile (or less subtile) ways.
I wonder how many old-school investigate fact-driven objective actual journalists there are left in the world, those who solider on have my deepest respect but they seem to be going the way of the dinosaurs. I fear oligarchy and nepotism is what follows next, even more so than now.
"internet killed the journalist" - maybe not so catchy but it might come true, if it hasen't already.
BIF wrote:I disagree about Xmas. That shortening has been around even before my 60yr old childhood. It probably came out of the Christian community because Christ in the Greek starts with a Chi (e.g. X). Ah, I just Googled "Chi Christ"; Wikipedia article suggests its use dates back to the 16th century.My pet peeves, but I hear some of these in spoken language as well as the written word, so I wonder if the whole language is just going through a complete "slangolution". Many of these appear in written (sans editor) articles, but they also show up the world over in blog posts, article replies, and forum posts. A lot of people don't speak English as a first language, so I try to be understanding.
But since we're griping (not "gripping"):
- any leet or "slanguage" misspelling, such as h8r, Xmas, or "murica" (even in mock, even in jest). I'm fine with these in text messages, but not in written prose.
oomjcv wrote:I suppose for most people that's OK, language is only a means of communication after all, not some flawlewss science. Makes me wonder how language will develop in the coming decades, perhaps we have made it too much of an 'art'?
My advisor worked hard to cure me of predicating any sentence with the word "basically". I'm a geologist and he would rant that "basic" is a a mafic igneous rock category and not proper for use in geological conversation or writing; unless used intentionally to indicate a composition. I may have misused "predicating" but I think not.Accurate communication in such circumstances cannot be half-assed.
just brew it! wrote:I mostly blame spellcheck (combined with laziness) for the current wave of bad grammar and improper word usage. People assume if they didn't see any red squiggly lines they're good.
Vhalidictes wrote:just brew it! wrote:I mostly blame spellcheck (combined with laziness) for the current wave of bad grammar and improper word usage. People assume if they didn't see any red squiggly lines they're good.
I don't think it's actually bad grammar. I think that nothing is proofread (which, admittedly, could just be laziness).
This crucial philanthropy aims to address urgent needs in the North Bay as a result of the devasting fires, such as temporary housing, fod, education and healthcare services, as well as rebuilding effots.
Redocbew wrote:Thread necro! Related to the fires which swept through here recently:This crucial philanthropy aims to address urgent needs in the North Bay as a result of the devasting fires, such as temporary housing, fod, education and healthcare services, as well as rebuilding effots.
Captain Ned wrote:alloyD wrote:Wen you dont have good fod, the effets can be devasting.
Hence the importance of the ritual FOD walk on any airfield.
Welch wrote:Wow, that is one steaming pile of crap! Devasting even
What fine publication was that from?
just brew it! wrote:Welch wrote:Wow, that is one steaming pile of crap! Devasting even
What fine publication was that from?
Not sure which post you're referring to here.
just brew it! wrote:Oh, duh. Yeah, hadn't been reading the thread too carefully. I even responded to the "fod" part, but the whole "devasting" thing whizzed right past me.
just brew it! wrote:I have been noticing an increasing tendency to use "break" instead of "brake", both in online discussions and news articles.
Latest example: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/nhtsa-evalu ... -selector/CNN wrote:Most of the complaints allege the incidents happen when the vehicle was running, some when the vehicle was off, no reports indicate the parking break was engaged at the time of the rollaway.
Edit: That article is a twofer. Subbed "devises" for "devices" too.CNN wrote:The devises have become favored by automakers as they take up less space in the console of the car, leaving room for other features like larger cup holders or device chargers.
uni-mitation wrote:Also, does anyone care to write a thoughtful cover letter anymore? I take an almost pernicious obsession when I write my cover letters. I know that I will be judged not only by my grammatical mistakes, but by my judicious and straightforward prose to standout from the herd of mediocre contenders.