Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Sloppy, sloppy work.

After all these years, I don't know if I ever said what I do in my real life, other than my passion---my work with adults who have disabilities in my collaborative craft studio.

I work as a freelance editor and I proofread legal documents made by court reporters for law firms. You know, depositions, interrogatories, etc. I don't really write about it, simply because it's confidential work, and there's no point to discussing it .

I'm not perfect, and I certainly don't go around correcting the mistakes made by others in blogland, but some things really chap my heinie.

One of those things is the inane headlines written under the guise of "news" on AOL. I've written about it before---my annoyance with the overuse of the word "Icon". Who in the heck edits this stuff?

I've collected a few AOL headlines lately that I want to bitch about/share....Not so much about structure, but about content and---ok, well you'll get it:

How Celebs Stop Sibling Rivalry:

Number one, who the eff cares? Does the fact that they're celebs make them better parents? I imagine them ordering the nannies take the brats to separate wings of the mansion. It's like trusting Tom Cruise to be the expert on mental health (you GO Brooke Shields!), or trusting Spicoli to handle our country's foreign affairs.

Kim Kardashian Spotted in Skintight Dress:

This is news? I thought maybe if she wore a tent designed by Omar it might actually be noteworthy.

Ron Paul: I Subscribed Birth Control:

Uh, as a doctor, he might have PRESCRIBED birth control to his patients, you dorts. You make it sound like he received multi-themed condoms from the "dick of the month club". And IF he prescribed birth control to patients, whose biz is it? Not ours!

How Man Monitored Wife's Sex Life:

Well duh. You'd think he'd notice every time they bumped uglies. Was he unconscious?

I made a vow not to use the word "stupid" in my blog posts a few years ago.

But geez, what else would you call it?


Joanna Jenkins said...

I snorted juice up my nose with the Ron Paul headline. Sheesh....

I'm often amazed at the stuff that makes "headline news". You can always tell when it's a slow news day.

xo jj

Webster said...

I call it "The dumbing down of America." Sadly, it seems to be working.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I try to keep myself isolated from the stupidity at large--I read very few magazines/websites and I never watch TV news. I'm selective with radio stations, too.

Beth said...

News vs. celebrity gossip – how to separate the informed from the uninformed (and, yes, the stupid.)

Brenda said...

No matter how bad things are for me, you make me laugh. Thank you my friend!

Chris H said...

STUPID is the right word... I would use it.

Kirby Carespodi said...

I tell myself that this is why I don't have very many blog followers...I'm to intelligent. It's the women who use ten thousand exclaimation points who get the numbers.