Generally speaking, I like words. I love to read; I like to write. However, my time in the world of Gosselin-related blogs has soured me on a few words. Words I’m fatigued of:
Advocacy: a wonderful thing, unless it’s a word being thrown around to cover an unreasonable and obsessive hatred towards total strangers. I’ve noticed some anti-Gosselinites use the word like a shield, “Stop! I’m a child advocate! That means I can comment on Kate Gosselin’s butt and hair with impunity.” These people don’t seem to get that genuine advocacy comes from a much better, less hostile place – it’s ideally about helping people, not hurting them.
Damage control: a phrase that has lost all meaning, and it didn’t have much to begin with. Damage control in the Gosselin context means: “Jon and/or Kate Gosselin have done something that even I, inveterate Gosselin hater, can find no fault with. And yet, my entire worldview is built on the notion that J&K are irredeemably bad, therefore: damage control!” In these peoples’ minds, there are bad J&K behaviors (yelling at the kids, hitting the husband, brushing hair in the kitchen) and there are damage control behaviors (kissing the kids, giving to charity, hugging the husband). Thus, a situation has been set up where it doesn’t ever have to be acknowledged that Jon and Kate Gosselin have actually done something good. If I never hear the phrase “damage control” again in my life, it will be too soon.
Finally, the word I’m sickest of…
Truth: generally something I’m in favor of. Truth is a good thing, as Martha Stewart might say. But people who don’t know the difference between “truth” and “opinion” or “truth” and “point of view” are…not so good. Like “child advocate”, the “truth” is thrown up as a defense any time anyone questions the behavior of certain Gosselin haters. It doesn’t matter what Julie says or does, because she’s telling the TRUTH. It says so, right in the title of her blog. The idea that she may not have sole ownership of the truth apparently doesn’t occur to some people.
What about you? Any words you’re tired of reading out there in the Gosselin-blogospheres?