Rolling Stones of Broken Beliefs

Stones

( Originally posted to my “From Here to Discernity” blog at SantaFe.com, November 21, 2011) I live within walking distance of DeVargas Center on the north side of town. Two or three times a week I’ll walk by the mall, or to the mall, depending on my needs or curiosities. Yesterday my curiosities led me … Read on …

(Supremely) Bad Words

Steve Stockdale

Special to the Star-Telegram Every three decades or so, there’s a federal case over broadcasting bad language. The most recent was on Election Day before the Supreme Court. Note: in the original print edition (image below), the headline was “Actually, the Constitution is pretty clear on things.” I objected to the editor afterwards and the … Read on …

Semantic pollution fouling the airwaves

Steve Stockdale

Special to the Star-Telegram Chesapeake Energy’s impressive and expensive PR campaign has folks asking questions. Lots of questions. One of the overlooked and under-reported aspects related to drilling in the Barnett Shale is the negative impact to our local linguistic environment. We’re not talking particulate matter here. This is the worrisome increase in measurable propagandulate … Read on …

But what if …

Steve Stockdale

Special to the Star-Telegram The local community had an opportunity to go beyond talking about race. Instead, we passed to avoid the front page, content to be merely a footnote. Today is graduation day at Texas Christian University. I teach a class in general semantics there, and seven of my 46 students will walk across … Read on …

India: A Report

Read an English translation of an original Gujurati language news article. Read an account of one presentation here in the 20 November edition of the daily newspaper DNA (Daily News & Analysis).   Thanks to underwriting from Mr. Balvant K. Parekh, Chairman of Pidilite Industries Ltd, IGS Board President Andrea Johnson and I spent more … Read on …

A Fence Sieve Language

(Published in the July 2007 edition of ETC: A Review of General Semantics, Volume 64 No. 3) A culture cannot be discriminatingly accepted, much less be modified, except by persons who have seen through it—by persons who have cut holes in the confining stockade of verbalized symbols and so are able to look at the … Read on …