You can thank Bleuwater for today’s rant: https://bleuwater.me/2022/02/01/no-can-do/
The University of Washington has decided that there are words that are problematic: http://itconnect.uw.edu (The list I provide is not the complete list- I just picked a few randomly)
- gray hat hacker
- grandfather clause
- brown bags
- no can do
- peanut gallery
- spirit animal
- blind spot
Tennessee school board has decided to ban Maus because of the word:
- a naked mouse
People want the government to step in and remove Joe Rogan from Spotify because of lies. FYI- if we were to remove things because of lies there would be nothing left. As a short list of examples of lies I refer you to the Pentagon Papers, the superiors in Flint, and 90% of online dating profiles…
Do not let the Government get involved in what gets published and what gets put on TV, internet and movies. If you need examples of why this is bad, please reference Pravda.
Let me start off by saying that in all these cases, people are trying to change things for the good of the people (remember my very cynical post last week regarding how I don’t trust people who say they are going to change the world?)
But is this how we change the world?
Is the word SEE really problematic because some people can’t see?
Is substituting the word “see” for something more “non-ableist” going to better serve the world?
And no can do, which is cited as being “slang” and can be inferred as an imitation of Chinese pidgin English? Really? We allow irregardless to become a word in the dictionary, but we can’t say No Can Do?
Enough is enough.
Stop thinking of words that are problematic.
Let’s look at behaviors that are problematic.
Banning things is problematic.
Censorship is problematic.
Groups that think they know best are problematic.
Just say NO to Government involvement in what we publish and produce.
If you want to look evil in the eye, look at the people who want to take things away. Look at the people who think they know better. Educating children means learning who, what when, where, how and WHY. It means teaching people to think for themselves, to advocate for themselves.
Say NO to censorship before the right to oppose things is taken away.