Monday, June 25, 2012

Sun letter follow-up

On the one hand, the Sun published my letter; on the other hand, their editorial choices reveal that they completely missed the point.

I don't even know why they need to tamper with it at all: it can't be in the interest of conserving space, because then why replace parentheses with two m-dashes and the word "incidentally"?  I think it's quite audacious to start throwing unsolicited adverbs into other people's writing.

But let some good come of this incident: no more will I blame the authors of any idiotic letters I find printed in the Sun, for I know that the editors probably just butchered a letter that had once been filled with subtlety and nuance.

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