I have a headache...Kilian. CH.5
"...many styleguides should prescribe everything from abbreviations to precise word usages." --Kilian, Writing for the Web 3.0
The more I read, the more I hate this book. I can honestly say that it's an insult to my intelligence. "Don't Trust Your Spell Checker" "Abbreviations" "Avoid gender bias" "Be careful about sexual orientation" Seriously? Look at these headings...I feel like I'm in 11th grade all over again...I know, I know, not everyone took journalism in high school either and learned these rules, but I did. And not only did I learn most of these rules in my J-1 class, but I also learned it in my AP 11 English class. So basically, this book really is an insult to my intelligence. It's just a review, and I feel like I'm wasting my time (no offense Dr. Jerz or Kilian), but I can't stand this book. Kilian talks about political correctness. Anyone who's attending a reputable college should know what is and isn't politically correct.
Okay, I admit I'm probably being a bit harsh here, but I really do hate this book. I dread reading a new chapter. The only part in this chapter that really helped me (it didn't even teach me something I didn't know) was the section about styleguides. When I was copy editor last year, my styleguide was my best friend. Anytime I needed to look up a rule, I knew better than to ask our advisor; she would just yell at me and tell me to figure it out by myself. How else would I learn? So, I do appreciate Kilian's insert on which websites provide appropriate and accurate styleguides.
As for everything else. Come on. If I really needed a review concerning what is appropriate and not appropriate to put on a web page this in depth, I wouldn't be majoring in Journalism...or be attending SHU right now...