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Devac  ·  384 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Long-time Iowa farm cartoonist fired after creating this cartoon

    it does not serve the interests of the subscribers for their content to only be that which is approved by the sponsors

This bit actually didn't occur to me. It indeed sounds like a murky conflict of interests. Is resolving such issues really a job of the editor? I was always thinking of them as skilled lingusts or writers who 'demangle' text and check it for factual or other types of errors.

    (libel not liable - I hope I can point that out to someone for whom English is not their first language without being a douchebag)

Doh! Thanks. No duchebag detected, I appreciate any education that isn't a clear put-down, which isn't the case.

am_Unition  ·  384 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Unsolicited coding break garbage:

There was a Japanese scientist who had me build him some stuff for a rocket once, and one day, he went into the machine shop with me. American machinists are notoriously lewd and whatnot, so after he said "ohh, I like this, I really like this" about an intricate part that they had made, one of them says "well, Haruto, when we like something a lot, here in America, we say, 'that's the shit!' ". So the scientist says "Shit? What means shit?", and some of them are making the face ya do when you don't wanna "lose your shit", but the machinist comes back and says "It's just really good... stuff. Anything, really". The scientist thanks them for this lesson, and we leave.

Of course, less than a minute later, I had to tell him not to ever use that in a professional setting, and explain that it is a crude, explicit term. But to this day, the idea of being there, in the crowd, when he innocently exclaims that his data is "the shit", at a conference... hilarious, but I just can't do that to the guy.

kleinbl00  ·  384 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It goes to the concept of the Fourth Estate - the argument is that the press, as the ears and voice of the people, has an obligation to defend the interests of the people against the other three estates (the clergy, the nobility and the commoners or the executive, the legislative and the judicial depending on who's counting). There's a reason the press in the United States enjoys a lot of freedom - the argument is that a free and functional press is a check on power against the government.

"Editorial" in English means both "proper construction and content" AND "position taken in an argument." The "editorial pages" in a newspaper are where the staff members write opinion pieces, often to augment the reportage of their newspaper. So. A copy editor? Makes the grammar and phrasing better. A content editor? Steers the story or novel or article. An "editorial board?" Decides what formal position the paper takes on political and news issues. So when you see an article saying something like "the libertarian whackadoo has gotten more editorial endorsements than Trump" they're not talking about proofreaders, they're talking about the upper-level people at the paper who issue proclamations, positions and recommendations in their role as member of the fourth estate.