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NY Times Drops “Illegals,” As Fox Continues To Cling To Slur

This December 2011 Media Matters article reports on controversy over use of the word “illegals” by former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller. The article disusses the word’s connotations, alternative terms, and media standards for terminology to use in … Continue reading

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The Associated Press Updates Its Stylebook, Still Clings to I-Word

This article reports on the Associated Press controversy regarding term “illegal immigrant” in news reporting. AP deputy standards editor David Minthorn is quoted as saying, “Alternatives like undocumented worker, illegal alien or illegals lack precision or may have negative connotations. Illegal immigrant, on the … Continue reading

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Star Trek and Wisdom Sits in Places

The Star Trek clip “Darmok” available on you tube complements teaching Basso’s ethnography “Wisdom Sits in Places.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukMNfTnI5M8

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Renaming Gypsies in Romania

This report aired on Public Radio International in December 2011 discusses the decision to recognize the word “Gypsy” as pejorative and replace it with “Roma” in the official Romanian dictionary. http://www.theworld.org/2011/12/linguistic-respect-for-the-people-once-derided-as-gypsies/

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