Even the News Needs Ratings

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I felt a lot of resistance to this chapter. In Style: The Basics of Clarity, Joseph M. Williams told me that passive is ok; some people even say passive is more objective.

I did not like being told this, though I see his point.

"Some scholarly writers claim that by deleting a first-person subject, the passive voice creates an objective point of view."

Part of why the passive voice sounds so objective to me is because it sounds so flat, but journalism needs the action. Otherwise, the news wouldn't sound immediate or forceful or grab your attention.

Even the news needs ratings.

 

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