Nuance

Nuance. It’s a word you hear a lot about in media circles. Fareed Zakaria uses it on average three times per sentence I think. Personally I don’t think I’d used it more than a coupla’ times prior to entering the world of journalism. It has come to carry with it the very strong whiff of media snootiness. It seems to me that when those who would describe “ordinary people’s” views as lacking nuance, what they really mean — in very a nuanced way of course — is that people are just plain dumb. Read more