August 18, 2019 | 81° F

Targum must stay consistent with its own community standards

Letter to the Editor

I was wondering if The Daily Targum’s editors are aware of the content on their website. Specifically, below every article, a comment section has thoughtfully been provided in the interests of enabling students and other members of the Rutgers community to share their views on the content they have just read. The Targum quite understandably maintains a helpful list of guidelines to ensure that productive, respectful dialogue occurs. Rule number one on the list is “Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.” Imagine my surprise at reading immediately above those words, the following: “We fucking apologize for all of the fucking cursing that we’ve done. But this shit was just really damn aggravating. We don’t really give a flying fuck about our ranking on a damn list compiled by a bunch of assholes. One thing’s for sure — this mothafuckin’ bullshit ain’t got nothin’ on our Jersey roots.” The dichotomy between the Targum’s own language and that which it requests its readers to use is striking. It seems that the confidence and flippancy in which the editors dismiss the sorry state of New Jersey’s language is only skin deep. ?

Ben Kusnetz is a School of Arts and Sciences first-year student.

By Ben Kusnetz

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