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GUEST,MikeOfNorthumbria (sans cookie) why middle class people play music (36) RE: why middle class people play music 18 Sep 15


Hi Dave,

You say

'the title of the article is: "Why middle class people are more likely to play music, paint and act revealed" and if you read on you find that: "Research involving 78,000 people found that it was not wealth or social status that were strongly linked to people taking part in arts activities as amateurs or professionals. Instead, it was the level of education that lay behind arts participation,"'

The reason for this contradiction is that journalists write articles,but sub-editors write headlines. Headlines often misrepresent the articles below them - sometimes because the sub was too busy to read the article carefully, sometimes because the headline writer wishes to impose the ideological agenda of the host newspaper/magazine/website on an article which doesn't actually support that agenda.

If I wrote a piece which included the line "Some ill-informed people believe that Morris dancing is only for wimps", the odds are quite good that a sub-editor would headline it

"MORRIS DANCING - ONLY FOR WIMPS!"

But that's journalism for you.

Wassail!


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