Brooks, Brian, James L. Pinson, Jean Gaddy Wilson. Working With Words: A Handbook for Media Writers and Editors (Seventh Edition). Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010. 392 Pages. Spiral. $46.95, estimated price. http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/ (N)
The new media has made us lazy. Not all of us, perhaps, but many in the West and around the globe. Informality and creative spelling are "in" and so are relaxed lines between fact and opinion. These developments are most unfortunate.
From the perspective of my service as Headmaster (Principal) of a Classical Lutheran school, one rooted in the grammar, logic, and rhetoric of the Trivium, I offer the following two resources for Christian bloggers, pastors, and others who provide fact and opinion content on the worldwide web.
- Grammar and Usage (to make up for going to an "Elementary School" as opposed to an ancient/modern "Grammar School"
- Mechanics (including punctuation and spelling)
- Style (clarity, objectivity, conciseness and the danger of "isms")
- Writing Methods for Different Media (print, broadcast, and new media)
- Appendices (abbreviations, capitalization, numbers)