Miscellaneous

Calling all cliches: Binary questions

‘Let’s deny Isis its binary struggle – and celebrate the grey zone’. – Guardian, 20 November 2015

‘The current system is very binary – either you’ve got diabetes or you haven’t.’ – Radio Times website, 19 November 2015

‘He [Jeremy Corbyn] has spent a career swerving the challenging complexities of the world as it is, preferring the simple binary arguments of the ideal world he’d like.’ – Sun, 14 November 2015

‘The idea of being either male or female is too binary for some. Miley Cyrus and Cara Delevingne are among many who declare themselves “gender fluid”, i.e. they oscillate between male and female.’ – Times, 14 November 2015

‘Listen to these programmes over the course of a day and you are struck by the interminable repetition – the same stories deemed by editors to be the ones worth talking about; the same questions asked and answered; the same binary approach to commentary (if in doubt, bring in two rentagobs with opposing views to hammer it out).’ – Independent, 12 November 2015

‘We cannot admit that social media is not the binary opposite of real life. It is real life.’ – Guardian, 11 November 2015

‘[Facebook] is experimenting with emojis other than the straightforward “like” as it recognises that the range of human expression is essentially non-binary.’ – Guardian, 8 November 2015

‘The internet seems to be making our brains more binary, reducing everything to the polarised options of “Like” or “Dislike”.’ – Guardian, 2 November 2015

‘The European debate is always presented as a series of binary oppositions.’ – Times, 30 October 2015

‘As Osborne framed it, the cuts result from a binary choice between allowing taxpayer support for working families to balloon unsustainably, and shifting to – his current catchphrase – a low-welfare, high-wage economy.’ – Observer, 25 October 2015

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