Media and the Degradation of Language

Curtin, Michael F.
August 2006
Vital Speeches of the Day;Aug2006, Vol. 72 Issue 20/21, p578
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This article presents a speech by Michael F. Curtin, Vice Chairman, Associate Publisher of The Columbus Dispatch, delivered to the annual meeting of Catholic Social Services, Diocese of Columbus, Ohio on May 31, 2006. He discusses the media business and the degeneration of language in America. He provides three case studies of reversing decay including Earth Day, drunken driving and smoking in public places. He mentions an Associated Press survey showing there is a critical mass of citizens concerned about profanity.


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