11.07.2010

IFB: Links a la Mode

Just to recap for those of you who don't know, Links a la Mode is a group on Independent Fashion Bloggers Network. People submit a link and the editors pick 20 links - everyone who is part of this group posts the links to their blogs.

A few of you have commented on the choices in the links list before so I'm just letting you know I didn't pick them out myself, but (while I read them all) I am bolding the ones I find most interesting!


links a la mode

The Power of Words

Edited by: The Sunday Best

One story dominated my thoughts this week, and I was glad to see an IFB member tackle it in a post. I'm talking about the Marie Claire article. I'm not going to link to it, or even say what it was about, since I assume you dialed in people are familiar with it. [Pulls out soapbox.] The problem with the article, and its apparently apologetic writer, isn't the ignorance it exhibited, or the hate it might engender, or even, I would argue, the sentiment expressed, although it was certainly the worst example of each. The problem was she used the most demeaning language she could think of to describe a group about which she apparently cares. She used this language and neither her nor her editors nor anyone at Marie Claire saw fit to deny it. And Marie Claire's ridiculous mea culpa, where they celebrated the "discussion" they had fostered, was like saying the Titanic sinking was good for discussions about marine safety. Worst of all was the author's own apology: "I never wanted anyone to feel bullied or ashamed after reading this". So you used the most demeaning language you could think of--edgy!--and called people gross--keeping it real!--and were shocked, SHOCKED, to find them taking offense. I would call her a liar but out of deference to liars, she might just be an idiot. Think before you write - words are powerful.

Links à la Mode : November 4th

1 comment:

  1. Well said.

    Besides, the writer can't say "The following is my brutally honest opinion", then spew nasty thoughts, and take it back when there is a negative reaction. She was hoping to get a 'yeah, that's what we all are too ashamed to admit we were thinking' (stupid on her part) and when she didn't, she wants to take it back.

    But that is a very good point about her language. I doubt anyone could take her apology very seriously.

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