[ASC-list] World class
niall at scienceinpublic.com.au
Thu Jun 3 13:17:52 UTC 2010
I'm interested in ASC members' views on the use of world-class and breakthrough in media releases.
We try to avoid them.
I generally think that if the work is good it doesn't need the puff. The journalists can add it in if they want.
Noel Turnbull made a similar comment in a piece on Crikey today.
So, for instance, the Victorian government can be obsessive about describing things -- from our events program to buildings -- as world-class, but the reality is that world-class things don't need to be promoted. It is symptomatic of Britain's decline that the world-class cringe sometimes surfaces there too, but one never hears New York or Paris talking about world-class -- they just are.
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