Fact Fucking

November 18, 2009 at 4:55 pm 1 comment

A rant.

So have you ever been on the internet, reading a supposed professional blag or website written by alleged “professional writers,” and found that they seem to have little or no regard whatsoever for the rules of the English language? They fail to punctuate, capitalize, spell correctly, and even choose the correct word for what they’re trying to express. In addition to this complete “fuck you” to proper writing, they will blatantly cite facts that aren’t facts at all, but are, instead, things they just made up in their heads. And then they pass judgment on the incorrect “facts.” I’ve decided to label this phenomena “fact fucking,” or, if you’re feeling street, “phact phucking.” It’s also very popular among people like Rush Limbaugh and other conservative “media personalities” and their dumb-headed followers.

Couldn't resist.

Now, nobody’s perfect, especially me. And this isn’t even about politics or journalism! It’s about communicating clearly. We’ve all fallen victim to typos, and I am certainly guilty of crimes of grammar and misinformation as anyone who reads this blog knows. There might even be some in this very post! Oh hypocrisy. But it really chaps my ass that college-educated people who call themselves “professional writers” display such gross inattention to their “craft” (if they are, in fact, “professionals.”)

I’ve never claimed to be such a professional. If I were a professional, I’d probably be writing a book and not a bloggity-blog on the interweb, with an audience as large as six people. Hell, I’d be hard-pressed to label myself a competent or “good” writer, but I still manage to keep a grip on the rules of sentence structure as I believe we were all taught in the fifth grade. It’s not difficult! Proofreading, people!

I guess where I’m going with this is… nowhere. Check your damn facts before you get all worked up over something. And your grammar. If you’ve got an opinion, let it be known as such. Something meant to be taken remotely seriously shouldn’t read like a half-baked thirteen year-old’s Facebook status updates. And please, be consistent with the size and color of your font within the same article. For the love of Pete!!

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. rachelhamm  |  November 18, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    I’d like to see the blog or article that inspired this rant!

    I feel the same, BTW.

    Reply

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