The Kilian 5
The first part of this chapter gave helpful tips for noobs to writing like check verbiage, make sure international readers will understand, and critiquing your text on paper. But, when I got to subheading 8.5, I started to really disagree with the book. I feel that not using terms that might make someone uncomfortable or making sure all your work is politically correct takes away from the personal voice of the writer. I understand if it is corporate writing or if you are trying to sell something to a group of people. But, if it is just a website for yourself or expressing something you like or dislike, then why be so politically correct.
I'm not saying not to be sensitive to others, but I feel the level of political correctness in America in attempt to not step on someone's toes just comes off as holding back from what they really think or what they want to say. I was in a class recently and we were talking about demographics and education. One girl was in the middle of her statement and paused to look around the room before hesistantly saying "African American." Why couldn't she just say "black" or whatever she wanted to say?
If I hurt someone's feelings because I'm not being politically correct, then that's too bad. I'm not going to censor myself to make someone feel better. But, I'm also not going to be blatantly mean. I'm not going to describe someone a "nappy-headed hoe." That's not nice or right to do.
And why not say "Anyone who rides a bike without a helmet will eventually get his head examined." People know that I wouldn't just be talking about men and if my text was all in the singular and I change it to plural for that one sentence I feel the flow would come out odd.
For corporate webwriting, this may be a great book, but I feel it is telling me to take away from what makes my work original or creative.
I do not like that, Sam I Am. I do not like this Kilian.