[Marxism] Ripping the Headlines - Steve Salaita

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri May 31 19:14:19 MDT 2019

Headlines are critical and often decisive elements of any news cycle. 
They inhabit a specific rhetorical genre—being a kind of art, as 
well—one reason why most publications don’t allow contributors the honor 
of writing them.  They can be tantalizingly vague, purposefully 
misleading, or notoriously sensational (looking at you, Salon).  But, 
like any textual phenomenon, they’re never neutral.  Even headlines that 
aim to be functional omit infinite possibilities; editors select certain 
words over others, limit description according to ideological need, and 
influence a reader’s focus.  (These conventions aren’t inherently bad, 
but they preclude objectivity.)


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