Anne Roney, Video Librarian, London Public Library, London Ontario
You've pressed one of my Pet Peeve buttons.
As scholars and professionals, we should be the people who treasure
language and its power to communicate exact ideas. We should not be
misusing the language! I know it's one of those things where someone
word and others did, too, without thinking about what they were
>From Webster's 3rd: "media pl of medium"
"medium 3. something through or by which something is accomplished,
or carried on
3c.esp. a channel, method, or system of communication, information or
The word "media" encompasses many things from paint and stone to
call a department housing only some of these materials "media" is a
a misuse of the English language. Let's leave "doublespeak" to the
politicians! (By the way, there is a magazine called "The Quarterly
Doublespeak" that is great fun.)
Audio-Visual is a graphic, understandable description of the
Reference and Audio-Visual Librarian
Clatsop Community College Library
1680 Lexington Ave.
Astoria, OR 97103