Thursday, April 18, 2013
Flack from 'Terrible' Story
One good typo can ruin your whole day
Submitted by Sarah Timbs
am writing with regard to an article published in the Sunday, April 14 edition of your newspaper: The Terrible 12s. While the behaviour of this troubled child is extremely problematic and cause for concern, I am uncomfortable with the way that the writer emphasizes his African descent.
This fact is noted twice in the first 6 sentences (in the second case,
redundantly). In both sentences, the child's African descent is not
relevant to the context in which it is mentioned. It has nothing to do
with the destructive activities that are described. Later in the
article, the word "black" is used unnecessarily. (It would be sufficient
simply to write that "a kid matching MD's description allegedly went
into a diner . . . .") By comparison, I notice that other articles in
your newspaper do not mention the ancestry of their subjects.
The Voice is produced by some half-blind old guy and at times the
quality of the content has been known to suddenly drop for a few
reasons, but it's usually the time factor and that it's just difficult
editing your own material. Print guys have two or three sets of eyes
going over copy. So it's very challenging, if not impossible, to try and
have each story perfect. This time I actually I have a valid excuse
after doing an all-nighter with techs trying to get the Voice
back up and running. For the first time in Five years the site was down,
and for over 12 hours.
If businesses saw the young boy coming on one of his regular bombing missions of mayhem, they could alert each other and authorities and have a chance to protect their investments.
The lad obviously knows what he can get away with.
I can talk a little on how developmentally disabled children and adults
are cared for in Washington because I have some knowledge of that
Just last night last night the kid went missing again. More police resources were frittered away.
There was a huge level of concern expressed from local health officials
and from Fraser Health over this story. That was the objective. To raise
awareness that something is going on here that maybe isn't working and
One good typo can ruin your whole day. Freelance typesetters often pay dearly for an un-dotted i. Especially if its a four colour process job. I once worked for two weeks for nothing over a single character typo. It wasn't even a big typo!
Or, if you've ever used text to send a lover a message, you'll know that just when you're getting to the juiciest part something always ... hippens. One well-placed typo could end up spelling the word divorce too.
Thanks for your patience and understanding. Your feedback is important, as is your support for indie media.