Notes on Terminology

Street, Paul

Publisher:  Counterpunch
Date Written:  13/03/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX22461

A look at common and popular terminology and 'labeling', especially in the media, which at times is not only inaccurate and misleading, but also diminishes or softens the severity of an event.



School Massacres, Not "School Shootings"

More suggestions followed on terminology. "May we run with 'school massacres' instead of "school shootings?" wrote Brian Carlson. Good point. Yes, "school shooting" doesn't really make the grade when it comes to describing an incident in which a maniac with military-style weaponry descends on an educational institution - an elementary school (Sandy Hook), high school (Marjorie Stoneman Murphy) or a university (Virginia Tech) - to slaughter unarmed students and teachers. "Massacre" is more like it.
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