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Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

The Elements of Bureaucratic Style

I’m currently reading The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker, and it resonates nicely with this article on the numbing effect of the bureaucratic style exemplified in phrases like “officer-involved shooting.”

Watching the cell phone videos of the assault has, for most people, the immediate effect of provoking outrage and awakening a desire for justice. The purpose of bureaucratic speech is to dull these responses. It suggests your outrage is not worth it, that it’s fine to go back to what you were doing, that it’s best to move along and mind your own business.

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Passive-Aggressive Art Gallery — Justin Cousson

I should do this in the Clearleft kitchen.

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

passive-aggressive (and just plain aggressive) notes — no, your mother doesn’t work here

Dear internet, Please keep throwing up sites like this because no, I don't have anything better to do with my time than scroll and click through the entire archive. Thank you.