Joel Byron Barker

A writer with a toolbox chock full of pegs both square and round.

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Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

If you have not seen much from me on this site, it is due to the fact that I have moved most of my professional work to my partnership with the Great Philip Morgan. Together, we are The Word Lions. I will still sometimes blog here, and am happy to talk to you directly about […]

New Bicycle Transportation Alliance Page Launched

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Real, Fun, Works Writing with the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. In a volunteer effort with the American Marketing Association Community Outreach Program, I just finished up this project with the Bicycle Transportation Alliance to introduce their walking and biking safety curriculum to the world.  The AMA and BTA assembled a pretty cool team.  Seems that every […]

Take a stand against marketing pollution.

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

I hate word pollution.  I feel angry when the public is subjected to poor phrases that are catchy and torturous to the mind. Do the Dew. <shiver> There is one that I hate perhaps above all others. Not that it was particularly bad at first.  Somewhat clever and well connected to the product.  Posing a […]

Wordage of The New

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Modern language is moving pretty fast.  A new product (FaceBook) becomes a verb (FaceBooking) before the Modern Language Association has an opportunity to write a well worded memo.  Sometimes, these organic language shifts are fun.  People create “fanboy” by quite naturally combining fan and boy to quite appropriately describe certain pop culture enthusiasts.  However, when […]