Hillary Clinton's open letter to "millennials" has had a lot of people talking. Much of the letter is a boiler-plate appeal to a generation that she claims to really really like, even if the feeling hasn't been mutual. A lot of public discussion focused on her choice of the adjective "entrepreneurial" to describe people under 30. Clinton (or … Continue reading “The entrepreneurial generation”
In my article in Jacobin last week on the phrase "officer-involved shooting," I wrote about how, for police and their spokespeople, wordy sophistry is a kind of tradecraft. The phrase "officer-involved shooting" obscures meaning and deflects agency through a performance of dispassionate, bloodless authority, by which many journalists seem easily seduced. For this reason, police are invested in policing the language … Continue reading Defining “Unarmed”
My essay on the history of the phrase "officer-involved shooting" was just published by Jacobin--check it out here!