Book Report of "Language in My Thought and My Action" Essay

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Reading Assignment - "Language in Thought and Action" by S.I. Hayakawa and Alan R. Hayakawa book report
Language in my Thought and my Action
Since I was born, I have been learning languages consciously and unconsciously without asking why. S.I. Hayakawa and Alan R. Hayakawa‘s Language in Thought and Action remind me the goal of the study of language – to learn to think more clearly, to speak and to write more effectively, and to listen and to read with greater understanding.

This book is divided into 2 parts, the functions of language and language and thought. The deepest debt of the author in this book is to the general semantics. It is designed to educate the reader using concepts that are first explained in straightforward terms
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I don’t think so. Many young journalists or anchors are honest and conscientious. They have chosen and entered their profession with noble ideals. But they soon or later learn that to succeed, which in time may be no more than maintaining a job that will keep bread on the family's table, requires satisfying the boss. They may compromise stories that might antagonize them, major advertisers, a sizeable number of the audiences, or important and powerful sources. Take an example, there are two TV artists involved in fight case recently. TV station would like to protect the image of both two, don’t want to make too much noise about the case. Then, TVB entertainment news reporting haven’t mentioned what exactly had happened on the two artists, just said “….something had happened, so he got a wound….”

Generally speaking, not only entertainment news reporting, but also hard news journalism is losing the public’s trust because too many journalists, especially those on the television networks and major city newspapers are arrogant and blatantly biased. Nevertheless, I believe that whatever my personal beliefs, I need to try my best to have an open mind, it is the most important professional attribute.

What I have learnt form this book in relation to mass media
In the page 12 of this book, writer tells:
“Human fitness to survive requires the ability to talk, write, listen, and read in ways that increase the chances for you and fellow

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