Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The mysterious (north)East

This one seems to be part of a Trend at one of America's Dailies:

Gunfire a mystery in northeast area

Wasn't it just last month that ...

Gunshots a mystery in south Columbia

Why, so it was. And once again, the hed writer is changing the subject: from "somebody heard gunshots" (which, you have to admit, is kind of interesting) to "where is gunfire a mystery in Our Town?" (which isn't).


Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

What makes this problematic for me is the implication that in (say) the west of town gunshots wouldn't be a mystery at all, because we all know they shoot each other all the time over there. But here in the northeast? Perish the thought!

8:58 AM, April 16, 2008  
Blogger fev said...

I get that implication too -- which is especially interesting given that (not to overgeneralize or anything) the south and the northeast are very different parts of town, random-noises-in-the-night-wise.

I'd even take the ultra-hedlinese "Mystery gunshots heard ..." over "Gunshots a mystery." Seems a little closer to suggesting that these gunshots in particular are a mystery -- not the mere existence of gunplay.

4:58 PM, April 16, 2008  

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