Ignoring Ethics with Style: Writing Sentences for "Non U.S. Persons"
Keywords:writing, composition, literacy, education, ethics, style, politics
AbstractIgnoring Ethics with Style: Writing Sentences for 'Non U.S. Persons'" argues for the importance of understanding the ethical dimensions of sentence writing. To illustrateÂ I cite the stylistic features of a recent public exchange about the legality of government surveillance betweenÂ Director of Intelligence James Clapper andÂ U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall.Â I also discuss my own experience teaching writing to college students in order to reflect on need for a new generation of writers to recognize the relationship between clarity and ethics.
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