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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 5, 1983, Tokyo, JapanThursday May 5, 1983 Pacific stars and stripes English it s a great language Charles Berlitz in his Book native tongues maintains that a person can get by anywhere if he memorizes the native words for excuse me please thanks no Good where is and How the first three convey no information but Are essential to establish rapport and trigger a desire on the part of the hearer to be helpful. They Are Ridge building words. Greek was the language of All cultured people inthe ancient Mediterranean. Later latin was the medium for Church literature and Law. Christia armies in the crusades settled on Lingua Franca a mixture of French and italian. Most East Africa tribes could understand swahili derived from Bantu and when Trade came to Asia pidgin chinese for business English took Over. All males became him fellas All women marys an speakers could get by with about 20 verbs. As Commerce spurred the movement of travel ers we needed better understanding. In the 19th Century French became the language of diploma viewpoint 13 Jenkin Lloyd Jones by German of science italian of music an English and Spanish stayed pre eminent in Trade. Which would become the world language since world War ii of course English has become the world language. This common base for science and Commerce had to come. Imagine what International aviation would be if approaching pilots had to thumb through dictionaries the explosion of science would present staggering costs if thousands of books and papers had to be republished in Many languages. It is often easier to incorporate words than to translate them. The chauvinist French Academy s Effort on behalf of Desh Billage a Acerie for striptease came to nothing. Blastoff count Down re entry orbit and satellite have entered dictionaries everywhere. The study of English has reached the Point i Northern Europe where it is rare to find a recent High school graduate who can t answer at least simple question. Junior executives Rise faster in companies with foreign customers if they Panhandle English. English speaking secretaries make More Money. The business conference Between a japanese a kuwaiti and an Argentine will be in English. Because of its sometimes senseless spelling some English speaking intellectuals sniff at our language. Noah Webster got rid of the useless us in labour and Harbour the extra be in jewellery and the reversal in those ought but he lost his courage to tackle the did t he turn through thought cough Tough though and thorough into thru that coff Tuff Tho arid Thoro As he should have when Voltaire discovered the different pronunciations of Pla gue and ague he wished that plague would take one half of the language and ague the other. But it really is a great language. None other borrows from so Many language traditions. It has the world s largest vocabulary about a million words. It is spoken Over More of the world s area than any other Tongue. Best of All sometime in the 14th Century it los tits arbitrary genders. Unlike the Romance languages English does t require you to remember whether nouns Are masculine or feminine nor must you tailor articles and adjectives t0 fit. I English cheers in t a he or a she it s an it. Don t Knock Angeles times Burger and the evil Eye America s institutions have taken a severe shaking Home Church schools govern ment in its various layers and social historian of the future is Likely to be astonished at the relentlessness with which americans chipped and pared and sliced away at the Basic structures of their society in the second Hal of the 20th Century. Hell probably conclude that a viral egalitarianism was involved a lust to reduce institutions and their pillars to a level that could not cast a Shadow greater than the individual historian will find television a compelling focus of his research. It is not fair to isolate on tree in the cultural Forest even if it is a very tall very thick one. But television effectively enunciates this disdain of institutions. Which brings us round to television in the courtroom. The majesty of the Law the belief that it represents indelible and enduring principles no casually to be tampered with is repellent to some among us. Frequently these include the mos favored children of this most favored land who Smith Hempstone have acquired the queer notion that repression oppression and suppression Are the invariable product of any social mechanism that does no respond instantly to whatever is being peddled As today s progressive nostrum. That which in an form regulates human conduct is a corruption they seem to believe. Loss of respect for judges the courtroom is especially vulnerable to these quarrels with constraints and the celerity with which the to camera Nas poked its Lens into More courtrooms has contributed to the dimunation of respect for the judiciary. If television Tissl no established the sovereignty there that it has across the rest of society a Pessimist might feel it s Only matter of time and not much of that. Twenty seven states permanently permit television in the courts. Half again As Many Are experimenting with the one eyed beast. In so estates it is restricted to civil rights or appellate proceedings where no witnesses Are involved. Dozen states allow defendants to veto its presence. Florida the defendant in the landmark 1981 Casein which the supreme court ruled that it is constitutional for states to admit cameras to an still if they choose has established protections for children who have to appear in court for victims of sex crimes for informants and timid witnesses. Other states have tried to erect similar barriers to abuse. But such efforts Are More Symbol than sub stance. Proponents of televised trials argue piously that cameras in the courtroom will help to educate and inform the Public and discourage any tendency toward tyranny by Public officials. Opponents assert that television distorts and intrudes that it insinuates a significant if Subtle change in the chemistry of the Law. Those in opposition Are Correct but they Are being overwhelmed. Petition to chief Justice and it will be about time to throw in the Towel if a group of broadcasters succeeds in scaling mount Burger. The band is petitioning chief Justice Warren Burger to throw open the doors of the supreme court to their cameras and asking the . Judicial conference that sets the rules for the other Federal courts to do likewise. The chief Justice is not a chum of the press there Are those who feel he would relish fresh Fried reporter As a diet Staple. In this instance that s not a bad sign. There is a fundamental reason Why chief Justice Burger should stand fast and by so doing perhaps Blunt the tide of television in state courts a camera does not objectively record anything. A camera records an image that is meaningless until viewers interpret it and multiple viewers by definition interpret multitudinous by. Arid the camera shapes the scene it is transmitting i cannot be ignored cannot be merely another piece of furniture in a courtroom. That s Fine if the object under the Lens is basketball game say or a Parade or a Forest fire. To s currency is the vivid the dramatic and Abo Veall the immediate. No matter How Many Safe guards the to Industry tries to erect to filter these elements put it just can t be done. So when eyewitness Heigh to action news selects titillating snippet of trial coverage the armed robbery defendant looking fierce or pathetic for instance it is wildly problematical that the viewers will be educated or informed about the Law. What they will be is entertained. So much for institutional dignity. No Surprise that is the essential danger of television in the courtroom and in a Good Many other places there s no Surprise in it any More than one should be surprised that a Pup riddles that s the Way they Are. The courtroom and television Are . Of the chief Justice resists and thus preserves the dignity of the Federal courts hell not have done Abad Day s work. An authorized unofficial publication of the . 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Hutchens executive editor 229-3310 3140 Don Mccaffrey Pacific editor Tokyo 229-3152 Dwight trimmer usaf., Washington Bureau chief Pentagon 227-6695 Steve Davis Usa Korea Bureau chief Yon san 7650, 7050, 7447 Helen Webb Usa Japan Bureau chief Tokyo 229-3374, 3153 Dave Ornauer Usan Pacific sports writer Tokyo 229-3153 Danny Layne usic Okinawa Bureau chief Mak Minato 637-1680 Pete Maher us Philippines Bureau chief Clark 31-55358, Subie 88-46381 Laura Neitz Guam Bureau chief Navy regional medical Center 671 342-2190 circulation Telephone numbers Japan military 225-4505, 4506, 4507 or commercial 404-9449 Singapore 2931422 Kuala Bumpur 237237 Hong Kong 3-025251 ext 20 Korea Yon san 7650 Okinawa Butler 635-2010 Philippines area manager Clark 25202, Clark distribution 43296, 25284, Subic Bay distribution 4-8123, Manila embassy 59-80-11 ext 2752 Guam Andersen 366-2187

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