I have many peeves, little things that make my eyeballs twitch. The one that is annoying me the most at the moment is this little bit of internet culture that suggests one can be “descriptive without being prescriptive.” In theory it’s true, one can, but the problem is that people seldom are.
People are full of biases and prejudices, every one of us, and it colors our speech, so actually writing a descriptive passage revealing some problem is almost never going to be cut and dry and purely analytical. It is almost always going to reveal some aspect of our opinion on things.
One simply cannot run about claiming they are “being descriptive not prescriptive,” as if their hands are now clean of how people are going to interpret their “description” and what they are going to do with it. That is utter rubbish and also rather cowardly. You are…
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