Isn’t Whether a Word is Subjective or Not, Totally Subjective?

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Well, for the most part Gorney’s article was well-written (and even if I didn’t think so, the intro very clearly stressed how good the article is); however, I did have a concern about something.   I am unsure how one is to determine how far is too far when one uses descriptive language.  Certainly avoiding intensifiers is a good idea and makes things more interesting, but almost any other word choices result in words which express opinion.  For example, Gorney writes, “Then he is fierce in his judgment, dismissing instantly the noxious breed of children’s books that coo and mince and pat little heads” (170), but who says that his judgment is “fierce,” that this type of children’s books is “noxious”?  They are word choices on Gorney’s part and aren’t these in a way a sort of opinion?  The words one chooses certainly send the reader a message, how is one to decide whether these words lead readers into feeling certain ways or not or are too opinionated?     

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Aja Hannah said:

I think Gorney was mimicking Suess, his style or writing, and his personality and she does it well without slandering his name/reputation. She also weaves the facts into these sentences and presents them in a way that intrigues the reader.

This sort of writing comes is for feature articles and not news articles where the style is much more strict and quick to the point.

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