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Re: UFO Sightings In Waikato Skies

From: William Sawers <orka1.nul>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2011 10:23:04 +1000
Archived: Sat, 23 Apr 2011 06:58:07 -0400
Subject: Re: UFO Sightings In Waikato Skies

>From: Gerald O'Connell <goc.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 15:09:29 +0100
>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


>>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

>The aims are laudable but the solution is flawed. The problem
>isn't the word, the problem is the attitude.

>Gerald O'Connell

Hi Kathy, Gerald,

Yes Gerald this was what I was alluding to in my tic way when
offering up (S.I.T.S) "Stuff in the Sky" as a substitute to UFO.
Losing UFO as an acronym is going to be difficult because of
those problems you mention especially, "attitude and apathy."
It's a big ask to try and lose UFO. It does strike that emotive
headline the media so love. Not only the media but the general
public is now partially corrupted into UFO meaning ET or
Spaceship and most of us would cringe every time we see it.

How do we go about changing an acronym so deeply imbedded? We
changed Negro, to a large per cent, and even the other obnoxious
"N" word so "whites" as a whole don't use them. I'd rather not
go into why Afro-Americans" still insist on using the "N..."
word to each other in Music and speech, but probably for another

It was relatively easy to educate to Afro-American because it
wasn't a big step to see the alternatives were Politically
Incorrect and offensive. To try educate UFO away from ET, Flying
Saucer,Aliens etc. apart from apathy from Media and Public, to
get any sort of consensus across our own also would be a huge
step indeed. Especially as UFO is not really offensive or even
Politically Incorrect. How do we convince the mainstream away
from the virtual Sci Fi meaning of UFO?



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