Mincing words by Trevor Plumbly

Z is for zombie It struck me the other day, whilst ruminating over the Glenlivet, that language has lost a lot of value since the folk at Silicon Valley decided we needed electronic assistance to resolve things that a reasonable education equipped us to cope with. Sure, life and language evolve and some stuff needs to go; I, for one, don’t want to revisit the formality of the 19th Century, but where most of the population’s concerned, the ability to express themselves clearly seems to be taking a dive. I notice that… Read More

News and fake news by Susan Grimsdell

Never before have we been so deluged by words and pictures masquerading as news.  It comes at us from every direction, huge quantities of it, all designed to grab our attention, entertain us and capture our interest. Most of it is thrown out there by people whose deliberate intention is to influence what we think.  There are even people who make a living in a new job called “influencer”. Demise of fact-checking The difference today from, say, even ten years ago, is that very little of what we see and read has… Read More