The Discontent over “Content”

Here’s the sentence of the day:

“…I don’t think we need to start speaking dystopian language before the apocalypse happens.”

It comes from this article by Benjamin Hart in Salon this afternoon: ” ‘Breaking Bad’ isn’t ‘content!’: ‘Original content,’ ‘quality content’ — this terrible word is the defining noun of our scattered media moment.”

Is “content” in this context anyone else’s pet linguistic peeve? I can remember thinking “word processing” was as bad as it got, but at least then we still recognized the fact that we were dealing with words.


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