Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator (ludickid) wrote,
Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator

Finally, a poll about "fucking" (as opposed to a poll about fucking)

This article is delightfully absurd on so, so many levels.

- The cutesy-pie "this is a story about words we can't print in this story" opening, the tone of which carries throughout the article

- The tremendously sad picture of the schmuck bartender sitting around his living room waiting for someone to curse, I guess

- The obligatory quotes from the cane-shaking granny about how 'those' words aren't in the dictionary, and how there's too much filth on the box and "I'm not going to pay $54 a month for cable and listen to that garbage"

- The ignorance displayed throughout the whole article, even by Miss Manners who should know better, of the fact that profanity is relative and that whether or not a word is obscene depends on its usage and that therefore the much-discussed increase is less a sign of our culture's corruption than it is a sign that those words probably shouldn't be considered obscene anymore

- How almost everyone interviewed says that sure, THEY may use swears, but not like all the OTHER foul-mouthed people you encounter these days

- The way the article ends with a lament for the good old days, only it's coming from a 31-year-old security guard, meaning that he's longing for the golden innocence of the late 1970s and early 1980s

- The fact that the headline reads "Americans See, Hear More Profanity", even though nowhere in the article does it talk about people seeing more profanity, or even clarify how that would be possible (what does that mean, a big billboard saying "EAT MORE GODDAMN THOMAS' ENGLISH MUFFINS, THEY'RE FUCKING DELICIOUS"?)

- The way the whole article sets off my bullshit detector at level nineteen and, even if I were sympathetic to this lame notion that we live in an "Age of Profanity", the entire thing is so lazily written, poorly researched and sloppily thought-out that it would just make me hostile to the whole idea after reading it
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