From: Gerald O'Connell <goc.nul> Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 15:09:29 +0100 Archived: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 10:35:08 -0400 Subject: Re: UFO Sightings In Waikato Skies >From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2011 18:42:54 +0000 >Subject: Re: UFO Sightings In Waikato Skies <snip> >Maybe its time to lose the category >_UFO_ with its totally loaded meaning and opt for something that >really means the observer cannot identify what they are seeing. But that's exactly what 'UFO', loaded or not, means. The problem with this idea is that it addresses a symptom rather than a cause and leads to a linguistic game of chase. It's rather like having to abandon a term like 'Afro-American' (perfectly good piece of English) because the 'Afro' component develops negative connotations. Eventually the replacement term, 'African American' will have to be abandoned when black Americans (who used to be 'negroes' until that word didn't work too well) decide that 'African' has too many negative connotations of its own. If American news media focused more on foreign reporting, they would probably already have decided that the term was synonymous with grinding poverty, violence and corruption. The aims are laudable but the solution is flawed. The problem isn't the word, the problem is the attitude. -- Gerald O'Connell http://www.onlyport.com Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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