A strife over waste-management practices between North Carolina communities and factory hog farmers provoked this article by Olivia Becker for Vice News. As you’ll notice, the article’s title, although I find it clever, could be off-putting to many people. Readers might not take it as seriously or be thrown-off from the true focus of the article: justice for the environment and citizens. Nevertheless, this publication, Vice, has a reputation for bold reporting ,so should the title and use of obscenities not matter as much? Furthermore, since the author believes this subject matter to be particularly foul, should the use of profanity be excusable? Could it even be justified as a warning, though subtle, to prepare readers for the nature of the content?
Regardless of the title and infrequent ’embellishments’ used throughout this article, I found the statistics and information to be highly informative and thought-provoking. Although the author writes with an obvious bias, I thought the lack of comment from the factory farms was telling of their political involvements and the implications this has for small communities going up against large corporations. I felt that the author did a wonderful job of ‘showing not telling’. For example, the final quote from ex-hog farmer Don Webb: “I truly think it would be more difficult to prosecute a hog farmer than a murderer in North Carolina.” is a potent ending to this story. This memorable quote illustrates just how strongly people feel about their situation and their lack of ability to incite change.