This is an off-topic post for my blog, but it seems to need discussion SOMEWHERE.
It isn’t always convenient to sit down and watch the full national or world news every day. Especially for those of us with young children, for whom we must censor any news program from stories of the gruesome horrors that unfortunately exist in our world. So, I try to sit down from time to time and read up on any important news on the internet when I do have a small chunk of time.
Today I took a short break to read ABC News on my tablet. And I noticed that something was changing. Professionalism. It has been changing and evolving for all of history, but the change I saw today turned my stomach. It was the headline of the story regarding John Kerry’s arrival in Geneva. ”John Kerry Greeted in Geneva with Assad diss.” Who says “diss”? What ADULT says “diss”? Who uses it in professional journalism? Oh. Yes. ABC does. ABC finds it acceptable to use slang in its professional news articles. What has happened to standards? Do we, as Americans, no longer have them? What is going on in our colleges and universities that we have come to accept this substandard form of journalism? Our government is facing serious international issues and this is how we “report” it (and I use the term “report” quite loosely)?
Please, ABC (and all other news outlets), write news stories for us as somewhat intelligent human beings. Leave the slang to the teens and Facebook. (Also, and for another rant at some point, PLEASE don’t let your morning show personalities use slang….they sound unintelligent and like they’re trying too hard to solicit a younger audience. Do us a favor and “raise the bar” for young Americans…they need it.)
Edited 9/13/2013 to add:
Apparently ABC must have heard from someone else about the use of “diss” as that story no longer exists on their website with that title.