Femmostroppo Reader March 23, 2011

Items of interest come across recently in my feed-reader. What did I miss? Leave your own interesting links in comments.
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  1. Katamari hack!
    Turns a webpage into a tiny game of Katamari.

  2. I really like that one.

  3. While I totally agree with the intention of the “journalism for dummies” post by news with nipples, it really, really irritates me when people call this type of reporting “passive voice”. (See Language Log for countless examples.) The first example:
    A PROMISING Tasmanian model and university student fought to fend off her ex-boyfriend before he fatally stabbed her and took his own life in suburban Hobart.
    does not contain any passive voice anywhere: the student fought her boyfriend; he fatally stabbed her; he took his own life. All perfectly good examples of active, not passive. Some of the later examples are passive, but the problem in the first example is how much detail is supplied about her and how little about him.
    The huge problem in the reporting of and general cultural approach to, men being violent to women, is not going to be fixed by pretending it’s about grammar.

  4. Aqua: While that particular quote is not an example of passive voice, I think that “pretending it’s about grammar” is perhaps – understating? – what cultural critics talk about when we talk about journalistic language. I have a piece or two on the use of passive voice with agent deletion as one of many tools for supporting rape culture: not the be-all and end-all, but definitely a part of the picture.
    Passive Aggression: Foregrounding the Object
    Passive voice watch: invisible rapist in Sussex
    and within that tag are plenty of other articles looking at foregrounds/backgrounding language that isn’t specifically about passive voice.
    You can see more in the book Gender, power, and communication in human relationships by Pamela J. Kalbfleisch and Michael J. Cody , which contains further references within.

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