Our regular ethical discussion this month has been sparked by some newspaper headlines. If you live in the UK, you will, in the midst of everything else, be aware of rail strikes. There’s been some interesting language used in the British media. Why, we wonder, are strikes always described as ‘chaos’ despite advance signalling and planning? A Daily Mail headline screamed: “strikes plague spreads”. Too much?
Do the words chosen have a deeper effect on us as a public, or is it that they are simply reflecting back a deeper problem with the words we choose to use ourselves? Or, to pose this question in a more tabloidy way: Should woke podcasters worry about words?
We went all nostalgic about the Glasgow Media Group but wondered why nothing seems to have changed.