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Gizoogle: Amusing tribute or racist caricature? – NSFW (part 2)

In my last post, I took up the question of whether the website Gizoogle (see the previous post for an explanation of it) is an amusing tribute to hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg, a racist caricature of African American English (AAE),

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Posted in Ideology and social change, Language and race, Linguistic diversity, Technology and language

Gizoogle: Amusing tribute or racist caricature? – NSFW (part 1)

Just as a warning: this post contains a number of examples from the website Gizoogle, which uses quite a bit of language not appropriate for many workplaces. Gizoogle, as shown in the picture above, is a website that parodies the

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Posted in Ideology and social change, Language and race, Linguistic diversity, Technology and language

Google searches reveal stereotypes. Do they also challenge them?

If you’ve ever started typing something into Google and been disgusted by the suggested results, you’re not alone. Take a look at this screenshot from a search I just did: The seemingly tautological first result aside (although I think people

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Posted in Technology and language

“Texting complaints come from stereotypes” printed in Gulf News

A newspaper out of the United Arab Emirates, Gulf News, printed a brief article by me on texting and attitudes toward it. You can check it out here or I’ve posted the original text (before their edits) here

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Posted in Prescriptivism and language prejudice, Technology and language

Internet explanations for crime: Seriously now, racism isn’t dead

What causes violent crime? It’s an important question, and one that is at the heart of criminology. A large number of factors have been suggested as possible causes and found to correlate with criminal activity (check out this book for

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Posted in Human migration, Media discourse and media bias, Technology and language

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