Archive for September, 2001

Words of War

September 18, 2001

Experts worry that war on terrorism will be seen as crusade against Islam

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush calls it a “crusade,” a war against a new kind of evil. But using such a term, loaded with historical baggage about religious wars, could alienate moderate Muslims that the United States needs, some experts caution.

It is becoming clear to me that the Language of the current times – and the psychological depths it taps into is of vital importance! Words of War leads to a war of words on the net, but can unleash forces that go well beyond words. Good comments in this article by George Lakoff.


Cyberselfish Review

September 7, 2001

Although Paulina Borsook has been writing about cyberculture for over a decade, most academics first discovered her via “The Memories of a Token: An Aging Berkeley Feminist Examines Wired,” Borsook’s chapter in the 1996 anthology Wired Women: Gender and New Realities in Cyberspace. Since then, Borsook has published a number of influential pieces in Salon and Mother Jones and, in 2001, published Cyberselfish: A Critical Romp through the Terribly Libertarian Culture of High Tech. Aimée Morrison, a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Alberta who is working on a dissertation exploring the personal computer in 1980s literary and popular culture, reviews Cyberselfish, followed by a rejoinder from the author.

Interesting discussion.