A quiet war is being waged against the usage of the passive voice. Somebody is waging a quiet war against passive voice usage.
True to its name, it is uncanny how much life active voice brings to a sentence. Nevertheless, several years of lethargic and sloppy writing has rendered me an inveterate passive voice user. I even harboured the illusion that using the passive voice made my writing sound cleverer. I see my folly now, and I have changed my mind. But changing my behaviour proves much harder. The status quo is a stealth bomber.
Behavioural science: The easiest way to change behaviour is to make the intended action easier to perform.
So who is waging the war against passive voice? Microsoft Word. Its weapon of choice? A wavy blue line. Recent versions underline every second sentence I type out, nudging me into active voice revisions.
Sure, it can be annoying to be corrected so often. I can turn this feature off if I want to. But it is active by default, and that makes all the difference.