The Thinking of Speaking
Issue #25 January / February 2017
Letter From The Editor
No Politics
by Erik Zidowecki
January / February 2017 | 

The recent presidential election in the US was highly divisive. Months later, we are still bombarded daily with constant streams of news, both real and fake, about what is being said and done by people of both parties.

In an effort to get away from this, many of us have turned away from news on the television, radio, and print, as well as attempting to avoid other outlets, especially social media.

My own attempt to get my head away from it was to open another language magazine which I had recently subscribed to. You can imagine my anger and frustration when the first thing I read is another commentary on the new president in the Letter from the Editor. I turned the page to find a letter to the magazine talking about more politics. The next three articles I read are also politically related. I have to check the cover of the magazine to make sure I didn't open the wrong one.

Sometimes, languages are affected by the politics of a government or a group, and those news items should be treated carefully. However, this editor feels that it is a risk to any medium to inject politics where none should be. The only possible outcome is to anger part of the target audience.

It probably then seems hypocritical (and a bit surreal) for me to be telling you that we will never engage in politics in Parrot Time while I am, in fact, talking about politics. Well, sometimes, by their very nature, language and life are self-referencing.

On that note, please enjoy the completely politics free rest of the magazine.

Erik Zidowecki

Letter From the Editor - No Politics
Writer: Erik Zidowecki
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