Monday, June 17, 2013

A Linguistic Heisenberg Principle


Does naming something change our perception of it? Adam Alter considers.

(Hat-tip to Andrew Sullivan)

The Accidental Pornographer

"And alas, nowhere is the corporatization and commodification of our discourse more evident than in the online commons’ black-and-white treatment of human sexuality. The rise of the privately-held, terms-of-service-governed internet has cultivated a binary view of sex, in which all content is divided into two categories: porn and not-porn. As a result, I can have a G-rated profile on Facebook, and/or an X rated one on Fetlife. But you will not see overlap between those. No one on Fetlife talks about their kids or their day at work, no more than anyone on Facebook talks about putting on a leather pony costume and playing giddyup in the local dungeon on a Saturday night. On Fetlife, you post pictures of your genitals, but not of your face (lest a cousin or co-worker stumble across your profile, presumably), and on Facebook…well, it’s called Facebook, not Assbook."

More here.

(Photo collage by me.)

Godless Sodomites Unite

Pew Research:

"Lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender adults are, on the whole, less religious than the general public. About half (48%) say they have no religious affiliation, compared with 20% in the general public; this pattern holds among all age groups. LGBT adults who do have a religious affiliation generally attend worship services less frequently and attach less importance to religion in their lives than do religiously affiliated adults in the general public."

(The Creation of Atheism redesign by me)

The Billion-Person Enabler

"Our growing collective compulsion to document our lives and share them online, combined with the instant gratification that comes from seeing something you are doing or experiencing get near-immediate approval from your online peers, could be giving us more reason to act out online, for better or for worse.

We are, in other words, one another’s virtual enablers."

More here.