Lukiopimp wrote on Feb 9, 2023, 07:04:
That university going into full alarm mode because of a few lines in an email - instead of just asking what it's about lol. Sad times in the US where such harmless words make people think there is going to be a mass shooting.
Good post! These days, people seldom read what's written and prefer to inject their own prejudices into the text, instead. The mainstream media in the country has been horrible about doing this for the last few years.
I've never seen a time in which people are so afraid of the English language--until recently, the last few years. An intolerance of ordinary language is an indicator of growing bigotry, ignorance, and narrow-mindedness, imo. Some tech sites I frequent flag words like "dumb"--if you say, "Well, that's dumb!", you get a very silly popup that says, "Some people don't like to see that word used, would you like to rephrase? Are we wrong?" [Yes, you are wrong to presume] So then if I write, "That's imbecilic!" that's OK, or if I write, "That's nuts!" that's OK, too...;) Go figure.
Legacy Twitter used to be horrible about that, but it's much better now--but still has some distance to go, yet. Musk is rooting out the ignorance and narrow-mindedness, and the almost total lack of an ordinary sense of humor that is absent in the minds of the censorious. It's really bizarre. It's like those people want to be coddled and want an imaginary world full of rainbows and unicorns and delusions, and they'll stamp out anything that upsets the apple cart...;) Doesn't matter at all if it's true and factual and very helpful because of that--oh, no.
Banning posts, etc. should ideally be limited to three things: 1) egregious profanity, easy to spot, 2) Threats of violence against named individuals (that obviously aren't tongue-in-cheek), blatant spam & related scams. Legacy Twitter and companies like Google seemed to be able to recognize the bigotry of everyone else while ignoring their own! That's why it's clear to me that those who censor are the most bigoted of all. And the bigotry is fueled, imo, by poor educations and the ignorance generated therein.
It is well known that I cannot err--and so, if you should happen across an error in anything I have written you can be absolutely sure that *I* did not write it!...;)