03/18/13: Reprint of: 01/09/13: Re: Code Policies/Copyright L. Kochman, March 18, 2013 @ 4:05 p.m.
January 9, 2013
I don’t want to keep adding “no code”s as much as I have been. For a long time, I republished my code policies at the beginning of each day of writing. Then, I stopped doing that because I figured that people understood the policies.
It’s been a while since I have republished them; there are many reprints of them on my previous WordPress blog, “whilehomeless.”
I’ll try to provide a synopsis of some of their essentials here:
–If I use code, I’ll say that’s what I’m doing. I’ll indicate its presence by saying “code” or in some other way that states in so many words that there the code is there.
–There are some words that were already prevalent in written or spoken language before the conglomerate happened. The conglomerate should not be allowed to mangle language and cause people who don’t support the conglomerate to go into agonized contortions trying to avoid the natural word for a sentence. If something is “new,” you can’t say that it’s “not old” all the time; you have to say that it’s new. A lot of words are that way.
–Then there’s the fact that language is meant to be varied, interesting and expressive rather than monotonous and threatening or monotonous and fearful. There are a lot of words that might not get used all the time but that are good words that the conglomerate should be prevented from stealing and distorting for nefarious purposes.
People who use a lot of conglomerate-supportive code words at once, or who use a conglomerate-supportive code word in a prominent and gratuitous way, are probably and unfortunately supporting the conglomerate. That’s not the same thing as people who are trying to write and speak normally and who don’t want the conglomerate to control them.
Copyright L. Kochman, January 9, 2013 @ 1:10 p.m.