LA Times’ Crappiest Writers Interview UCSD Student   1 comment

Alicia Thomas, a 20 year old political science major at UCSD is reppin’ it in the Los Angeles Times — but only to indicate her struggles. Part of something the authors call “Generation Vexed,” Thomas, seeing her dream of being married with a career and mortgage within six years evaporate due to uncertainty, laments. “You can’t reach for the stars at this point,” she said, and if ever I heard a better motto for UCSD, I can’t recall it.

Alicia — as a UCSD grad with the same poli sci degree you’re on track for, let me tell you — you’re probably right. But reach for the stars anyways. Seriously, get out there, kick some ass, ask questions later. I mean it. That’s my plan.

You can do better than the two clowns that wrote the article clumsily trying to capture your concerns. They do a terrible job of writing, from using more contractions than the stylebook surely suggests to citing “a Gallup poll this spring” to gauge optimism for our generation because presumably the summer numbers aren’t out yet and I’m AA+ sure nothing’s happened to have affected them since.

Then there’s the disjointed syntax, missing quotation marks, and perplexing presentation of information. Check out this paragraph.

Another poll, of Americans ages 18 to 29, found that three-quarters of them expect to delay a major life change or purchase because of economic factors. The survey — released last week, just before the Standard & Poor’s downgrade of U.S. debt — was by the nonprofit Generation Opportunity, headed by Paul Conway.

It’s strange to not mention the polling firm in the same sentence as the statistic being cited and there’s just too much damn punctuation overall. Whoever the hell Paul Conway is, we don’t find out until midway through the next paragraph. Seriously, this writing is such a mess.  It’s like a community college newspaper — is the LA Times hiring kids? I should go apply.

I can’t believe how bad the writing is. How poor the diction is, how empty the commentary. It reads like a  joke. Alicia — we should both compete for these writers’ jobs. It’s embarrassing. How these two could be employed but not so many intelligent people I know leaves me, well, vexed, just as they diagnosed.


Posted August 15, 2011 by Wada in UCSD

One response to “LA Times’ Crappiest Writers Interview UCSD Student

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  1. I just came across this, and I thank you for writing this. Honestly, I am doing all I can do to kick some ass, and then some more. But I’m being honest when I say I have close friends with degrees from great schools, Berkeley for example, and are still struggling to become employed. It’s not because they are naive and thought it was going to be easy, well maybe some. But at the same time, consider the state of our economy. If our job market is finally opening up its doors, they require more than just an undergrad degree. I strive to do more, that’s without a doubt. I’m just pointing out that there are going to be challenges, ones that can actually make it or break it for someone. They asked me to comment on my personal struggles and I did. I might have answered a little naively, but I just want to let you know (since you took the time out of your day to write this) that cliche or not, I’m not giving up, I never will. – Alicia

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