Consider the Audience

RECEIVED Tue., March 28, 2006

Dear Editor,
    Under your front-cover legend SXSW WRAP, I saw "Charlize Theron" and eagerly sought information about the actress I've respected tremendously since seeing her courageous, powerful performance in Monster. But I went through the issue three times without finding anything about Theron [Editor's note: There was a photo of Theron that ran with “The Long Goodbye,” Screens, March 24].
    I'm only a tenured professor of English, so I sought the help of my husband, the real researcher in the family – an attorney. He gave up after about 15 minutes, as well.
    I also sought in this issue enlightenment concerning the controversy about the auditor for the city of Austin. But the article was so snide [“Beside the Point,” News, March 24], and (I infer) assumed so much knowledge and attitude about the controversy – especially knowledge that supported the author's assessment of the situation – that I came away just as unenlightened about that matter as I was about Charlize Theron and SXSW.
    Please. Consider what Aristotle advises about communication: consider audience. Your readers may not be exactly like you, but they deserve respect and need your consideration if you hope for them to share – or even understand – your position on an issue.
June Chase Hankins
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle