Quote of the Day

John Emerson, from his analysis of the US media:

One of the problems liberal arts graduates have is that if your skills are primarily verbal, you end up being sucked into professions where language is used purely instrumentally, in order to get certain results out of people, and where artistic considerations and truth are completely subordinated to effectiveness. Law, public relations, electioneering, and advertising are examples. Opinion people in all of the media seem to have joined this category, and to a considerable extent, even the news people. In particular, news people seem completely willing to accept egregiously false official statements instrumentally intended to mislead the public at face value.

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