In Selvedge, Issue 74, Bias What do these photos have in common? The founder of Selvedge, Polly Leonard, does not see sentient beings, but rather “performance fibres”: Alpaca, Vicuna, Cashmere, and Goose Down. She goes on to classify: “[Alpaca, Vicuna, Cashmere, and Goose Down] are associated with luxury and indulgence. I would, however, argue that they… Continue reading I spy…The fibres of slavery
In BBC Focus, issue 302 Christmas 2016 Boy do BBC Focus know how to bury the lead. The story beings with a positive frame: “In a breakthrough that’s been described by researchers as the Holy Grail of genetics”, we can see an almost religious exaltation. The reader gets excited to learn more, but we should be cautious.… Continue reading I spy… RATinitis pigmentosa
In Metro December 1, 2016 Côte à côte lie an ad for a roasted turkey on the left, which we can gather from cultural knowledge of traditional Christmas dishes in the UK, and on the right, an item about a duck from Wetheriggs Animal Rescue Centre in Co Durham. It is not possible to know for certain, but… Continue reading I spy… Double standards
Guest lecturer Dr. Kate Scott from Kingston University talks about her research on the pragmatics of hashtags and Computer Mediated Discourse.(CMD) What is Computer Mediated Discourse? Deborah Cameron and Ivan Panovic (2014) note that it’s important not to overstate the differences between past forms of communication and modern communication methods. While people use text messages and… Continue reading Specialinguini: The pragmatics of hashtags: context and style with Dr. Kate Scott, Kingston University
In The Economist, December 3rd-9th, 2016 We are witnessing a vast growing social change: animal rights and animals’ social agency is acquiring power and standing in an accelerated speed. This week The Economist’s report on Airbnb’s pet accommodation solutions reveals this change manifesting through language, specifically, in a lexical choice. More and more Americans see their pets… Continue reading I spy…Parenthoof, woof, and meow
In Vogue, Jan 2017 This is the second time the Linguini spotted a vegan item in Vogue (the other being a vegetarian eaterie in London, written about as a vegan establishment). The article starts off with a myth buster: “If you think vegan beauty is reserved for the granola-munching and the barefoot, you’re sorely mistaken.”… Continue reading I spy… Vegan in Vogue!
In New Scientist, 26 Nov. 2016 In Hebrew, there is a fitting colloquial expression: para para (in direct translation: cow cow) meaning to take one step at a time. (The origin of this phrase is unclear). As the entire article is problematic, it will be interesting to take each clause para para: ” It’s here, just in… Continue reading I spy… H5N8 x2 = ?