Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Control them through language

AP stylebook instructs writers to stop using the term "chain migration" and keep using "dreamers" instead.

Because the term "chain migration" is used by "immigration hardliners."

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AP uses "immigration hardliners" in place of "everyone who doesn't support open borders."

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They say to use the ridiculous and obviously propagandistic phrase "dreamers" sparingly to avoid sounding ridiculous and propagandistic.

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There are a lot more words that nobody cares about packed into the article at Information Liberation about the history of government names of things, something that David Frum said, and to stop using the term "aborigine" because some people might possibly perchance maybe subjectively probably presumably conceiveably arguably likely could be offended sometime if they're having a bad day.

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While for Trump the terms, liar, sexual predator, unstable, unfit for office are just fine, as "deplorable" is fine for his supporters.

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Why don't don't those assholes at AP have any concern for my tender feelings? I'm a delicate sensitive guy.

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5 comments:

edutcher said...

Like saying Native American.

Did you know the American Indian genome is 1/3 European and the rest Asian, and there's no native at all?

Or forcing people to say Asian instead of Oriental because the Thought Police decreed Oriental is racist?

Chip Ahoy said...

When I type "indians" it gets underlined in red. Then when it's capitalized it becomes Indian as in Asia.

And saying First People is imitating Canada.

It's a problem. Nothing works and everything works. Everything applies to people of yore, yet they exist as a separate race. Nobody is ever satisfied with this. And it's a sensitive issue.

I knew a guy who objected strongly to Hispanic. Also objected to Mexican. Also objected to Latino. Also objected to Mexican-American. He could not be pinned down on what was acceptable because he objected to everything. Without objection he was nothing. So that's what I called him, Objectionable. Of course he objected, true to his name.

Chip Ahoy said...

Oriental is an adjective that applies to rugs, dress, architecture, furniture, style. In usage. That's what speech shapers decided.

Asian is geographic.

But so is Oriental, meaning east.

While orient also means to ascertain the bearing of. Focus!

"Please orient the globe to the orient."

edutcher said...

Chip, never let spellcheck tell you what to think.

Sixty Grit said...

Injuns works. No underlining, no correction, no political correctness. If anyone asks tell them you meant "power plants".

Tell 'em Duke Wayne sent ya.