Teresa Nielsen Hayden 1 Newspeak 0

In Making Light, Teresa Nielsen Hayden describes in detail how and why the astroturf organization 'Common Good' is in fact a Common Fraud.

TNH is also, in case you didn't know, the inventor of the disemvowelling concept (“The rule of thumb is that grossly offensive messages and drive-by trollpostings get deleted, but an excessively uncivil tone just makes your vowels disappear. Vigorous argument is appreciated, but a civil tone is required.”) Hmm. Maybe I should say “inventor or at least major popularizer, as apparently a [link fixed] related strategy has been around for a while. Online disemvoweller.

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6 Responses to Teresa Nielsen Hayden 1 Newspeak 0

  1. Hi, Michael. The word is “inventor”. It came to me in a sort of dazzling flash, and I’ve been preaching the idea ever since.

  2. I’m not sure if this is cleverly ironic post-modernism at its best, or a mistake?

  3. Michael says:

    I’ve corrected the link in the original item which was supposed to show “disemvowel” to be an old USENET term, meaning “splat out” (replace vowels with *’s or the like).

  4. Replacing vowels with asterisks is older than Arpanet.

  5. Michael says:

    Indeed. It’s been around since life got f***ed up. But rmvng ll th vwlls is cuter.

  6. eirixon says:

    I don’t get it

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