Ever noticed

Tuesday 3 August 2010, 12.04am HKT


gws145034HAVE you ever noticed that the media often use grammatically correct and easy-to-understand language when it comes to reporting the standpoints of the government but jerky, substandard language on its opponents?

Have you ever noticed as well that the VOs (voice overs) for TV and radio broadcasts tends to be in clearly enunciated tones and unaccented accents for the same?

What does that suggest to you? What effect do you reckon it might have on other people such as your friends and family?

Do you notice these things, even on an irregular basis? Why do you think you notice or don’t notice? Is there something about your work or upbringing that makes you notice or not notice? How would you know? And how would you go about getting to know?

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Where it comes from

Sunday 28 March 2010, 10.25am HKT


We have a great need for certainty, only surpassed by our need to win no matter what. So we end up doing the no-matter-what by picking our own sword and shield:

“Frankly, I don’t know where all this comes from. If I say, schools in the South don’t do as well as those in the North, which is true. But if I say, schools in the South do less well than those in the North because schools in the South are less unionized than in the North, I don’t think that’s going to fly at all at the university.

“Look, there is a research literature. People pick whatever they want or need to support their position. The research literature is big […] but the literature in this area is mixed. But in the two world top-level journals, [the result is] negative.”

(Debate about teacher unionisation in schools, 27 March 2010)

This is the reality about higher education

Saturday 20 March 2010, 2.00pm HKT


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