Monday, February 19, 2007

Stop it, dammit! Stop it now!

The Rascal long ago gave up on any hope that the masses -- or even your typical conservative -- would someday learn to refrain from misuse of the plural word "media" as a singular (as in "the media is...blah, blah, blah").

My greatest disappointment in this regard is that even my fellow liberals (including liberal bloggers) tend to singularize "media," which only promotes the myth that the media constitute a monolith.

Look, there are liberal media and conservative media, serious media and silly media, mass media and specialized media, broadcast media and print media, religious media and secular media. They ain't all the same thing; therefore, it's wrong to refer to them in the singular.

One of the few acceptable uses of the term "media is" is to point out, as I'm doing here, that "media" is a plural, not a singular.

Pass the word.

5 comments:

A Goat said...

Here's what I hate, Rascal: writers using the word 'ain't' to convey a hoakey sense of down-to-earthism. Please stop it immediately, 'cause you 'ain't' funny...

rusty shakelford said...

a goat just said you ain't funny. I will contact the one and only mass media

The Rascal said...

Goat and Rusty: What I REALLY hate is anybody who can't properly spell the word "hokey." You're free to pass along my dismay to the all the news mediumses you want.

A Goat said...

oh, hilarity, thy name is Rascal!

The Rascal said...

And you, Goat, are misnamed. Anyone sharp enough to recognize The Rascal's hilarity is certainly no goat (in the negative sense of that word, as in Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman having been the goat of the Super Bowl). Your kind words have established a benchmark of hilarity that The Rascal will endeavor always to achieve.