Folks who rail against passive voice usually cite an unethical writer (or speaker) who is trying to avoid responsibility. Passive voice is certainly one linguistic tool for unethical behavior. But active voice can be used unethically, too. Compare the two lies:

My homework was eaten. (passive)

The dog ate my homework. (active)

I see confusion here between the tool and the intent of the person using it.

My last post advised you to steer clear of anyone who tries to limit your stylistic choices. I’m sharing a video tutorial on active and passive voice today based on a chapter in Revising Professional Writing. I think it’s all a pro needs to know about this topic. You can get a copy of the analyzed document by using the tab at the top of the page labeled ”Docs.”  I’ve also added a page where links to all of the videos appear in one place.

Let me know what you think.