In New Scientist, 18 February 2017 Humans evading responsibility yet again in this week’s issue of the New Scientist. Climate change is framed as the cause for animal suffering and extinction, while human destructive activity and crimes against the environment and sentient beings is backgrounded: “Climate change is already harming around 700 species of mammals and birds… Continue reading I Spy…Conscience Planétaire
In Metro, 14 February, 2017 Animals are the hidden victims of war and violence, a fact often conveniently overlooked. Throughout the history of human conflict, animals have been used as military tools for war. As far back as 3 B.C., Hannibal famously used elephants to help him in his campaigns. Since then there has been… Continue reading I spy…A dog’s life
In BBC Focus, Feb 2017, p, 14, and 16 Language. But as I will attempt to demonstrate here, it is only considered in relation to human language and derives its meaning and worthiness through the link to humans. So how is animal communication represented in the articles? Reductive ‘Just call it bat chat’. This is… Continue reading I spy… What do bats and monkeys have in common?
In The Voice, January 26-February 1, 2017 “Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and… Continue reading Tha street tawk, innit?
In New Scientist, 21 January 2017 The article reports the consequences that led a shark, who was denied company of her male friend, to become pregnant without having a male involved. The state-of affairs represented in various linguistic features from lexicogrammatical and semantic choices to cohesive chains, is that which holds a human-supremacist view. The titles: Online… Continue reading I spy… Shark deprived of her mate
In Metro, January 16, 2017 The striking juxtaposition of two items on two halves of the newspaper clearly exposes the values (or lack of such) of western society. The newspaper’s attitudes towards global issues such as immigration and migrants reinforce the us and them discourse and contributes to augmenting the distancing between the west and the… Continue reading I spy… half the world away
Originally posted on Everything socio and eco linguistic:
Beautiful nature resort or haunted amusement park à la Something Wicked this Way Comes? Neither. It’s creepy nonetheless. It’s a listening station, located in the beautiful West Virginia forests. I’ve recently come across the works of Trevor Paglen, who is not only extremely talented, but does so…