|Originally posted by Lira |
One journalist once phoned me asking me if I knew the difference between a Wii and a Wii Fit. After half an hour telling the guy what the difference was, he wrote a piece called "What's better for your health: Wii or Wii Fit?"... and claimed you should get a Wii Fit instead of a Wii because it clearly had more benefits.
What gave him the idea to call a linguist with that question anyway?
I guess you're right that they need to write about all kinds of stuff and can't possibly know everything or choose to write only about what they know. Yet I've seen so many ridiculous pieces of "journalism" that I can't help but wonder what the heck is wrong with them. It's also the reason why I was very wary of working with one recently (there's a thread somewhere). Btw, I agree with Habermas that there is something like an unholy alliance in Germany between Merkel and the media.