… former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney …

In Internet language, on line, political titles, search-engine optimization, thoughtless patterns on October 8, 2012 at 5:01 am

I figure the first post here ought to be about something published under my own byline, if not my control. When I submitted this article, it referred to “former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney.” The site where I published it unfortunately does not allow for much give-and-take between writers and editors, and the editors favor SEO above all else. I suppose that would be the justification for changing my accurate and respectfully capitalized identification to mean ‘someone who governs or governed a place formerly known as Massachusetts.’ Given the setting, I didn’t think it was worth fighting about.

Now I have to find someplace to whine about SEO.


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