OED updates some senses of they, their. Commentary on how singular use of they has been used to conceal identity.
Because language is always political. Pronouns reawaken. Remember tis/ter/tem? A statement from Manjoo, a commentary from Language Log, and an index to earlier columns.
Manjoo is apparently suggesting that everyone should choose the opt-out option, at least with respect to pronoun choices, so that they replaces he and she just as you replaced thou. This will certainly get pushback from traditionalists like Mary Norris. Will there also be objections from people on the other side, who want to see explicit non-gendered pronoun choice retained as an expression of personal identity?
From part 1
My focus in this post will be on the Supreme Court’s conclusion that at the time the Second Amendment was proposed and ratified, bear arms unambiguously meant ‘carry weapons, for purposes of being prepared for a confrontation,’ without regard to whether the carrying was in connection with military service. What I conclude is that even without taking account of how bear arms was actually used, the court’s arguments don’t hold up. Assuming for the sake of argument that bear arms could reasonably have been understood to mean what the court said it meant, the court didn’t show that it unambiguously meant that.
If you doubt the conclusions, you can run your own analysis on the data he provides.
the pool of data that is inconsistent with Heller (not including lines that are ambiguous) is increased by about two-thirds, from 505 to 847.
What? It’s a metaphor? An alogy?
- [toread] Trump’s bizarre understanding of Capitalization is surprisingly Strategic – The Washington Post – Set aside the idea that it had to do with monetary capitalization.
> Initial capitals make words and ideas seem Really Important. They are to meaning-making what flag pins are to patriotism and gold-plating is to value — cheap signals of depth and quality that are somehow taken seriously by enormous numbers of people. (How seriously? There’s not one but two PolitiFact articles dedicated to discussions of Obama’s pin philosophy.) This capitalization technique is common in get-rich-quick and quack medicine books desperate to sell readers on the Truth of their claims. – (rhetoric linguistics trump capitalization )
- There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick • The Register – The middle-aged Register speaks to the medicare-aged retiring. There’s more time to stay further in front of the curve when you’re old.> The kids of my day bantered in rhyming slang and Nadsat; these days they speak StartUp and DipShit.
> Age has nothing to do with the definition of culture.
> In fact, the whole age thing is overrated if you ask me. All my neighbours are long retired but they are completely up to date on modern culture, from AI in healthcare to Facebook’s naughtiness. OK, admittedly one of them thought Stormy Daniels was a rapping conjurer but that’s what you get when you strike up conversation in the automated till queue at Waitrose.
> It’s simply because most people are thick. I realise now that I’m not an old geezer worried that modern culture has left him behind. I’m just a snob. Phew! I can live with that. – (culture )
- [toread] An Apology for the Internet — From the People Who Built It – – (history )
- [toread] Fandom, Feminism, and Maker Pedagogy – – (maker_pedagogy making )
- Civil war erupts at top of FCC over Sinclair’s creepy grasp on US telly – > “We need to stand up, speak out, and call out when government is being used as a tool to attack the conditions that make it possible for news to serve as a check on power,” said Rosenworcel. “We cannot allow the cry of fake news to extinguish our inquiry into hard subjects, diminish our willingness to seek truth, or temper our support for the First Amendment.” – (fcc freespeech )
- 25 Years of EdTech – 2003: Blogs – – (#en3177 )
- RSS is undead – Reasons to love RSS: no branding, no user analytics, no ads, user rather than provider curation. Content. – (socialpractices reading marketing rss )
- The Final Surrender of Anti-Trump Conservatism – “An authoritarian can be a Republican in good standing.” Not really a novel conclusion. But conservative support for Trump has revealed the anti-democratic ideology at its core. – (authoritarianism politics trump )
- The Fall of the TV Family in Trump’s America | WIRED – The TV family sitcom never was a forum for debate. The Beaver never sat dow with Wally and had it out. Rosanne has was a Snidely Whiplash melodrama.> rushed through on the way to the next joke – (none)
- 25 Years of EdTech – 2000: Learning objects – LO couldn’t die fast enough. Locally, they were pushed top down by admins looking for standardization. Pedagogically, the problem was decontextualization that drained them of worth outside of training. – (open_learning learningobjects )
- Better than the Printed Page: Reading on an iPad – Modding the iPad for reading. – (ipad reading visual_perception )
- Language Log » Cultural diffusion and the Whorfian hypothesis – Co-diffusion as a mechanism – (Linguistic_change classification linguistics )
- The truth about Donald Trump’s jokes – CNNPolitics – Calling it a joke makes Sanders and the other functionaries complicit. Just following orders. But it’s an attempt at making us all complicit. The language of dictators.
> More importantly, though, is the rhetorical usefulness of playing off a smiling accusation — of treason, a capital offense — as a gag. To start, it immediately diminishes those who find it upsetting. Implicit in Sanders' defense is a taunt: What's wrong, can't take a joke? It's a conversation ender, and for Trump, one he used successfully on his way to the White House and in his first year in the job. – (none)
- Trump’s Dangerous Treason Accusation Against Democrats – The Atlantic – Call the opposition treasonous. Then add a military parade. What do you have?
> But (and this is important), there’s no reason a federal employee can’t criticize a sitting president.
- Calling the Trump Era by Its Proper Name – The Atlantic – Naming matters. Action n comes of naming.
> Or it is time to call this era flat-out a return to fascism.
> For him that is not “populism” (or the U.S. version, “economic anxiety,”) nor garden-variety corruption nor even longer-term democratic distress. Instead it is the reawakening of the force that began destroying Europe a century ago, outright fascism:
The term populism, being the preferred description for a modern-day revolt of the masses, will not provide any meaningful understanding concerning that phenomenon … The use of the term populist is only one more way to cultivate the denial that the ghost of fascism is haunting our societies again and to deny the fact that liberal democracies have turned into their opposite: mass democracies deprived of the spirit of democracy. – (trump naming rhetoric categorization politics )
- The Psychological Trick Behind Trump’s Misleading Terror Statistics – POLITICO Magazine – A psychologist tries a hand at rhetorical analysis.
> People perceive risk based largely on emotion, and terrorism is unquestionably frightening.
- Donald Trump Owns This Shutdown | The Nation – I love an essay loaded with goads. It simplifies analysis. – (rhetoric politics trump )
- Blogging Practices: An Analytical Framework | Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication | Oxford Academic – – (blogging socialpractices #en3177 )
- Study: 42 percent of Republicans believe accurate — but negative — stories qualify as ‘fake news’ – The Washington Post – – (none)
- London’s new US embassy: a very diplomatic America on Thames | Art and design | The Guardian – Architecture speaks volumes.
> The new embassy is bland, vanilla, just as a diplomatic dinner is rarely riotous and a diplomatic speech is rarely spellbinding. Its use of art and nature and decoration are somewhat Starbucks – a grande vanilla latte then – and with approximately the same relation to real architecture as that has to real coffee. Timberlake’s multiple objectives are all good and worthy, but like wishing for world peace and an end to hunger are a touch platitudinous. They also contain the occasional conflict and contradiction – most obviously between being fortified and being nice – which the architects have chosen to smooth over rather than dramatise. The basic shape of the building is a cube, which Timberlake explains as being a timeless form. It does give the embassy a presence, but – because it minimises the amount of expensive external skin in relation to the volume – it also happens to be the most efficient shape for an office building. – (london ekphrasis trump )
- The fabulous new US embassy is best not tainted by a Trump visit | Oliver Wainwright | Opinion | The Guardian – Now on my must-visit list.
> Nine Elms was a shrewd choice. It was one of the only places in London where the US could dictate the evolution of a masterplan that would put its shimmering cube at the centre of a fortified arc of paranoia, its building set back behind a militarised terrain of berms, mounds and moats, and surrounded by a necklace of some of the most expensive new apartments in the city, whose developers have been eager to cash in on being part of a new high-security “diplomatic quarter”. – (rhetoric london ekphrasis )
- Trump’s Immigration Remarks Outrage Many, but Others Quietly Agree – The New York Times – Watch the Right – (trump politics fascist_rhetoric EU fashion )
- Trump’s ‘shithole’ comment is his new rock bottom – CNNPolitics – One more step toward fascism. The White House is gaslighting. – (politics gaslighting fascist_rhetoric trump )
- ‘Never Trump’ Will Be the Only Faction Still Standing When He’s Gone – The Atlantic – Not mere decorum.
- FBI Agents Sending Anti-Trump Texts Is Not a Scandal – News commentary with irony – (trump rhetoric irony politics )
- [toread] How 6 words got Donald Trump into big trouble today – – (trump politics linguistics )
- Inside Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation – The New York Times – At a turning point, the NYT reflects. But there are shades of a Hitler regime tamping down opposition and resistance by delegitimization. – (trump politics fascism )
- Yet more proof: Donald Trump is a fascist sympathiser | Richard Wolffe | Opinion | The Guardian – It's in the language. A discourse community identifies its constituents by their language.
>He shares their worldview as easily as he shares their language and videos. He gives their voice and values the biggest platform in politics. He is a neo-fascist sympathizer in the mainstream of American politics, sitting at the heart of the West Wing and world power. – (trump rhetoric politics )
- DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly: Introduction Volume 11 Number 3 – special issue.
> This article serves as the introduction to DHQ's Special Issue, "Imagining the DH Undergraduate: Special Issue in Undergraduate Education in DH." Co-editors Emily Christina Murphy and Shannon R. Smith introduce the issue–its signficance, theoretical underpinnings, structure, articles, and case studies. The special issue is organized into four thematic clusters: 1) program models; 2) disciplinarity and DH pedagogy; 3) tool development; and 4) professional concerns. – (DH pedagogy undergrad )
- North Korea best not … – Trump remixes Truman – (linguistics )
- US federal department is censoring use of term ‘climate change’, emails reveal – Just leaving a trace of the accepted terms here.
> “These records reveal Trump’s active censorship of science in the name of his political agenda,” said Meg Townsend, open government attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. – (linguistics trump rhetoric semantics )
- Weblogs: Learning in Public- Jill Walker Rettberg | ETC Press – Meh become me. – (#en3177 digital_literacy blogging )
Hodge asks us to look to semiosis to understand and act in the politically over-charged moment.
McCarthyism was constituted in texts and in explosive discursive, semiosic processes that carried the effects very far, very quickly…. Semiosic contexts inﬂect meanings and are themselves meanings. McCarthy’s strategy included waving a list in the Senate which he claimed contained 205 names of proven commu- nists in public ofﬁce, which he would not reveal. Waving the list was a multimodal signiﬁer supporting his spoken words. This semiosic situation contains multiple splits. McCarthy’s speech is a surface text split from its real meaning, supposedly known to the speaker but not the audience. The speaker demands absolute trust from his hearers at the same time as he excludes them. We do not need a theory of schizophrenia to see this as a way to provoke paranoia.
Hodge, Social Semiotics for a Complex World. 91.