Wednesday, February 11, 2009

News2Use gone wild

With an offer as good as the one in this Dispatch centerpiece hed, is it too much to ask where the hell the coupons are?

Really. It'd be nice to spend a bit more time on things like the difference between "purgatory" and "limbo," but there's a larger point afoot. It's genuinely rude to make big-type assumptions about your readers' relationship with the beyond. (A few centuries back, some of their forebears came to blows over the very issue this story's about.) For that matter, it's rude to make small-type assumptions about beliefs. Just don't.

Reporting is fine. Preaching? Leave it to the folks in the stained-glass offices, forever and ever Amen.

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