This evening I read an article about a women in politics meeting attended by the writer, Jaclyn van Beek. This article bothered me because it kind of came off as a contemptuous one-sided attack.
The implication was made that these issues are multifaceted, but also that the author’s views are the right ones. The snide tone implies that if the reader disagrees with the author then the reader is incapable of understanding these issues. Or, more bluntly, implies the reader is stupid.
I’m new to reading university newspapers/magazines, but I guess I expected more. More thoughtful, more substantial, and more inclusive.
What I’m getting at is, I thought the articles written by this person came off as vapid and derogatory and as an early reader I was put off by it. There should be some element to an article beyond someone’s opinion and I didn’t see that here.
On the upside, it looks like the newspaper is always looking for new contributors.