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One person shot at Texas Tech university, campus on lockdown

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posted on Oct, 11 2017 @ 10:04 PM
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a reply to: enlightenedservant

Of course you can.

Can i not criticize the media for inventing new terms?




posted on Oct, 11 2017 @ 10:18 PM
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a reply to: enlightenedservant

In the press there are a couple of accepted stylebooks that establish standards for referring to different things like "shooters" - I think there may be two or three major ones: NYT Style, Chicago Style, AP Style - generally, most major media outlets pick one of them and follow the guidelines found within.

Where I work, we use the AP Style Guide. Style guides on top of the plain old dictionary create a standardized system of language that all the writers follow so that your in-house content looks like it was produced/written as much as possible by just one author. It avoids things like FBI in one story and Federal Bureau of Investigation in another and mixed references in a third for example.

The AP Style Guides and others like it are where we get changes like calling a suspect a shooter or not referring to a suspect's ethnicity in a story across all media platforms. It's where illegal immigrant became undocumented worker, for example.

Those decisions trickle down through all kinds of layers into all kinds of places. I don't even work for a newsroom, but simply an electronic publishing company, but we follow AP Style, so those decisions affect how I must conduct myself and what language I use at work when on the clock and editing professionally.



posted on Oct, 11 2017 @ 10:50 PM
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a reply to: bigfatfurrytexan

Of course you can. But calling someone who shoots a police officer in the head a "shooter" isn't a new term.



posted on Oct, 12 2017 @ 10:15 AM
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a reply to: enlightenedservant

As a middle aged man who has observed the vernacular used within news and media in general (including entertainment) since reading 1984 as a child, I cannot say that I recall hearing the term "shooter" used before the last 10 years or so. In fact, the most obvious reference for "shooter" that has been used in my experience refers to a shot glass of liquor. But that digression aside, my personal memory doesn't seem to support what you say.

Ketsuko above seems to support what I am saying here: that media picks terms and makes them cliche. These terms are likely used due to psychology and how well they will create repeat customers wanting to follow up on the story (or whatever action the authors want to see happen). I would also suspect that there is some bias included, with the desire to create political opinion rather than simply report on it being in there somewhere. We are talking about humans, afterall.

What im asserting here isn't far flung. Its right at the core of the political conspiracies discussed here on ATS: that, as per Orwell, words are used to create opinion, and those words are generally controlled by someone outside of media despite being broadcast through media.



posted on Oct, 18 2017 @ 06:35 PM
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originally posted by: enlightenedservant
a reply to: LadyGreenEyes

Wait, how did you conclude that he wasn't a shooter when it literally says "When Daniels was brought into the department for questioning, he reportedly pulled a gun and shot an officer in the head before fleeing on foot"? If I'm reading that correctly, he literally shot and killed a campus police officer. Does "shooter" have a different definition in this context?


What most people would call a "shooter" is someone who shows up someplace to deliberately shoot people, as in, that's their goal, not just a crook with a gun who uses it to try and get away, or something of that nature. Calling every crook with a gun a "shooter" makes it seem as though we have crazy people running around all the time just to shoot others. It pushes an anti-gun agenda, and isn't honest.




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