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Ban a word and you ban a thought.


  • Registered Users Posts: 728 ✭✭✭20Wheel


    if true. the thing is, sometimes marketers, or newspapers or other various bad actors will make up stuff and then go 'oh look woke', or 'oh look racist'.

    really they just want to say 'oh look' but 'oh look' doesn't work anymore.

    theres already too many other businesses saying 'oh look'. so you have to say oh look i think theres been a rape up there.

    in the words of david brent, get their attention.

    look at roald dahls books = no.

    look at roald dahls books theres woke madness happening = ok ill look.

    Putin is a dictator. Putin should face justice at the Hague. All good Russians should work to depose Putin. Russias war in Ukraine is illegal and morally wrong.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,407 ✭✭✭silliussoddius

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    Not to answer for them but to answer in my view...

    I think it's a feeling of being scared to say the wrong thing when you don't mean I would never call someone fat meaning it in a bad way...i would be very cautious of that ...I remember when I was 11 and the 19 year old guy everyone had a crush on walked by me and said 'youre fat' and I no joke starved myself for months because of it because I did have a bit of puppy fat but even if someone might mean it in a bad way it doesn't make them a bad person, it depends on context etc...people get mad they say mean things to other people...they might resolve it they might's a fear of not being allowed to express yourself from words you've naturally been expressing yourself and were taught from we can't ban all negative words.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,206 ✭✭✭✭ArmaniJeanss

    It's not that unusual, and definitely not some modern-day wokeness thing. Been going on forever really.

    Off the top of my head, Agatha Christies masterpiece And Then There Were None was originally Ten Little N-Words, then became Ten Little Indians before it's present title, with everything within the text edited to reflect the changes.

    In childrens literature, something like Enid Blython has been through multiple edits over the years - to remove the amount of dark unclean foreigners called Jo-Jo being the bad guy, taking gollywogs out of existence and renaming unfortunate characters like Aunt Fanny.

    Nothing to be scared about.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 195 ✭✭FoxForce5

    Because words are the manifestation of thought. If you can't say a word you eventually won't think the thought. Just ask any Chinese tourist to say the words "tiananmen 1989" and you will see how banning words works.

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    Is it just physical description words that should be banned or words like cretin, leprechaun etc should be banned?

    I don't really understand it tbh.

    Actually...we can ban that word Bint...Ill lose fat (not literally) if we can get rid of bint. Thankyou.

  • Registered Users Posts: 195 ✭✭FoxForce5

    You'll have to check with the thought police, they have a list.

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    I can think for myself thankyou. I'm sure we can work it out. Bint hurts me like fat does. It's all about compromise...

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,062 ✭✭✭✭Leg End Reject

    Looking at the past through the prism of the present shouldn't evoke anger. We should be able to accept that language and sensibilities evolve, and not always for the best.

    A lot of older artistic works would not be deemed worthy today, but that doesn’t make altering them acceptable. We evolved from a more primitive species where social norms and niceties were unheard of, but that doesn’t justify rewriting history.

    Some people just need to cop on.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,546 ✭✭✭quokula

    They literally have that right or else they wouldn’t be able to do it.

    Nobody has banned anything and nobody is rewriting history. The owners of the rights to the books have simply made a commercial decision to make some updates to newer editions of the books in order to increase their appeal to modern audiences.

    The existence of new editions doesn’t change the older editions and it will be a very very long time before those older editions become particularly hard to get hold of for those who want them.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,407 ✭✭✭silliussoddius

    Nothing is being banned, it’s a commercial decision not a government enforcement.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,236 ✭✭✭✭One eyed Jack

    That’s very 1984ish though, when in reality there are dozens of ways to convey the same idea, and new ways to convey one’s thoughts are invented all the time. It’s how languages have evolved. The revisions of Dahl’s works are entirely at the behest of the new owners to the rights of Dahl’s works - Netflix. It doesn’t mean that the same language can’t be used any more, it’s simply that Netflix won’t be using it as they want to appeal to a broader audience.

    One of my favourite books of all time is Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley in 1818 when she was 19 years old, published anonymously. In 1823 she put her name to the book, critics of the time had a field day, and in 1831 a third edition was published which was intended to be more in line with Victorian sensitivities of the time. It became the version that’s most popular today, but it’s completely different from the original published a decade earlier.

    There’s unlikely to be similar vexation if David Walliams’ works do actually eventually come under similar scrutiny. The minute I read about Dahl, I figured there might be a similar spotlight shone on Walliams’ work which is of a similar style (he even uses the same illustrator as Dahl) -

  • Registered Users Posts: 32,634 ✭✭✭✭Graces7

    Are there no copyright issues on this?

    And of course there are thousands of copies already safe.

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,454 ✭✭✭✭Cookie_Monster

    could it be replaced with obese?

    Cos he was that much of a fat **** that its perfectly accurate

  • Registered Users Posts: 682 ✭✭✭Oscar Madison

    All this nonsense started with Enid Blyton!

    Do people not have better things to do?