In ‘Lessons in Grammar: How Ideology Shapes the Reporting of War’, Annabelle Lukin effectively emphasises how in journalistic writing, certain ‘facts’ may not be disputed, but when writing an article, there are many different angles a journalist can write from, each giving a different perspective of the story.
Lukin specifically uses a story about the war in Iraq, where a young boy falls victim to a US air strike, losing his family and both his arms in the process. The significance of this story is that although throughout all the articles written based on these events, none of the facts are changed or even disputed, there is a clear difference between how each article is written, from what perspective they are written, and what the writer is trying to achieve.
Lukin tries to show how the language of media is constantly subject to analysis and evaluation. The language of media is everywhere; on TV, in magazines and newspapers, on the internet and in advertisements. We as audiences to these forms of media must therefore be able to interpret the stylistic elements of the language in which media is written and produced.
Another aspect of Lukin’s argument is that although we live in an age full of technology, grammar still plays an important role in our interpretation of events, and forms of the basis of our media experiences when reading a newspaper or a magazine, or even watching an advertisement.
Thus, Lukin shows how through grammar and journalistic principles, audiences can be subject to vastly different perspectives of a story. The language of media consumes us wherever we go, and we cannot escape its influence on our lives and the lives of others.
Lukin, A. ‘Education Links’, 2003, 18-20.