Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 3 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
OpEdNews Op Eds    H4'ed 8/11/10

Hope, hopeful, hopefully - The media leitmotifs of the decade

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     (# of views)   1 comment
Author 36058
Message Ted Newcomen
Become a Fan
  (5 fans)
We've had the 'Swinging Sixties', then the 'Greedy Eighties', and now we're into the decade of 'Hope'. Anyone who follows the antics of our fawning obsequious 'mainstream' media can't help but notice chronic overuse of the words hope, hopeful, and hopefully.
In fact, in our household it has become something of a new parlor game. Whenever the TV news comes on we count up the number of times these particular words appear in any single story. It doesn't matter if it's about the BP Gulf Oil Spill, or the economy, or the latest adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan - those three little words are guaranteed to crop up.
So far the record has been 5 times in a two minute NPR News segment concerning unemployment. I'm sure the commercial channels can easily top that.
Once you become attuned to this verbal tic it becomes quite a fun game to play, especially if you line up a number of full shot glasses and down one for every hope, hopeful, and hopefully regurgitated by the talking head.
I challenge readers to remain standing at the end of any newshour!

 

Rate It | View Ratings

Ted Newcomen Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Ted Newcomen is a citizen-journalist - someone who is tired of the lazy 'lamestream' media circus which is obsessed with the cult of celebrity and just recycles press releases for the establishment.
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

US Government manipulation of the stock market?

How zombie banks and failing commercial real estate are impacting local economies

Catalyst Capital Group Inc - Not the smartest guys in the room!

What will revolution look like in an era when we have more power as consumers than as mere voters?

US Intelligence raises spectre of upcoming civil unrest in United Kingdom

Italian newspapers reveal how Berlusconi's government has been arming Gaddafi