“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Monday, June 2, 2014

Told You

This is the argument in the first few pages of Hyperobjects. I'm a bit fed up of being corrected when I say “global warming” rather than the phrase I will never use, “climate change.”

The switch goes back to a directive from one of George Bush's operatives.

Stop using it please.

Thanks Cliff, for the 64792407310th time!

1 comment:

amanda vox said...

I´m writing my thesis, dealing with ecology, the anthropocene and such matters and, following your campaign, I´m using global warming - when what I mean is global warming.
last week I saw this study (that is protected behind a paid firewall, but there are the abstract and some tables available)and thought about this issue (global warming vs.climate change)from a slightly different angle than I was doing before. I thought about how people´s need ´to fit in` might influence what they think about global warming. because I guess it suggests that science literacy isn´t what divides people between G.W. deniers or not (we could already tell that by many examples that come to mind). what seems to do it is the conflict between "the personal interest individuals have in forming beliefs in line with those held by others with whom they share close ties and the collective one they all share in making use of the best available science to promote common welfare"