Let's step up, reach out and throw clichés under the bus - Michael's essay
Are you getting tired of stepping up? I know I am. I find it very tiring. And sometimes boring as all get out.
Everybody wants us to step up these days, even our super-charged prime minister. Last week he promised that Canada would step up. For something or other.
Yes, the media have brought out their Spring line of clichés, with some new offerings and a refashioning of old favourites.
We media types are very meticulous about tending our precious garden of clichés and buzzwords, and sharing them with our various publics.
If they have anything in common, this year's, like last season's, seem to involve a good deal of physical exertion.
In addition to stepping up and reaching out, people are more and more caught up in the excitement of drilling down.
Commentators, pundit panels and professional explainers are chronically addicted to drilling down.
Again, some people get tangled up in confusion sorting out the difference between drilling down and doubling down.
I think that doubling down removes the obligation of the listener or reader to drill down.
But if you're looking for real fatigue, try throwing somebody under the bus. Everybody is throwing somebody or other under the bus this season, especially politicians and really especially Republican politicians.
On second thought, perhaps you are the kind of person who is quite experienced at throwing somebody under the bus, and do it with ease.
There is some physical exertion needed to pick the low-hanging fruit but not much. And politicians and reporters come out on top in the need to pick the low-hanging fruit.
Again in the physed cliche department, when politicians are not fruit-picking, they are invariably walking something back.
This happens after they take some insensitive or inappropriate statement out for a walk in the bright noonday light of media attention.
Sensing trouble in the room, they walk it back. Radio hosts do a lot of back-walking.
Speaking of which, when we say someone is the smartest person in the room, I want to know how big the room is and who are the other people? How did they get in? Did they buy a ticket?
Sharing is back this season, you'll be glad to know. More and more conversations are winding up with one or the other party saying, "Thanks for sharing."
Sharing is a friendly word; it sounds like caring and comes with a lot of emotional empathy.
I forget whether it's a gerund or a participle.
There are some familiar faces in this spring's lineup --- selfie, game changer. Awesome, of course, and basically.
Asked to comment on the release of part of Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns, the gentleman from the Lone Star State called it "a nothing burger."
You could practically hear the media biggies swoon.
Watch for it friends, in the coming months. We will be served nothing burgers until our mental waistlines explode.
Personally I think all media should avoid using it.
Like the plague.
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