Volume 95, Issue 72

Friday, February 8, 2002
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Disinformation went too far

Gazette recieves first love letter


Gazette recieves first love letter

Re: "The Gazette just isn't intellectual enough for me", Feb 4

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to the noble Sir Matthew Pennings' (Western intellectual) high-brow criticism of The Gazette.

I, as well as thousands of other supposed neanderthal knuckle-draggers have sunk to rock bottom by ingesting – excuse me – by "devouring" the daily drivel spouted out by The Gazette. I hopelessly succumb to the hypocrisy that is supposedly churned out like butter on a daily basis.

Matthew claims that "what they lack in thought-provoking, well-written, well-researched articles, they attempt to make up via an abundance of useless eat-it-up news, used to capture the reader and discredit the subject."

Generalizing from a particular article from The Gazette, this statement bears some validity. However, instead of simply "glancing through an issue," Matthew's misgivings could be slightly alleviated by noticing the fierce, thought provoking political debate of the editorials, the highly-critical music, movie and television reviews and the accurate and informative reporting on such current issues as the University Students' Council election and tuition increases.

While I admit The Gazette does showcase a certain degree of tasteless news, it certainly makes up for it in other articles, such as those aforementioned.

One will realize Pennings has become a victim of his own attack. By accusing The Gazette of being hypocritical, he has fallen off the boat and hit "rock bottom" by generalizing and elevating himself above others with his Victorian comments.

If you, Pennings, crave upper-crust and century old journalism so dearly, why are you here at Western and not an English major at Queen's?

Adam Wenn

Media, Information & Technoculture II

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