By the time you have to tell visiting friends to ‘Yeah, just step over him’, you know your flatmates may be spending too much time in the corridor. :3
When people try to equate “cracker” with “nigger” to prove the existence of reverse racism.
This is a really horrible bit of proof. I’m going to try and take my views on reverse racism out of this, because even without dragging my constant internal debate over what should offend me and what shouldn’t this is just plain a bad experiment (for want of a better word), and this sort of crap should really stop because it’s actively hurting the cause it’s trying to support.
First, the words aren’t really comparable. N****r only has one meaning according to the Oxford Dictionary. Although it mentions that the word “…is sometimes used by black people as a mildly disparaging way of referring to other black people, in much the same way that queer has been adopted by some gay people as a term of self-reference, acceptable only when used by those within the community”, the dictionary only refers to that as a side note and not as a proper definition of the word. Whether you count that as a separate definition is up to personal preference. However, Cracker refers to 5 different things, only one of which is considered offensive. Hell, for one definition it’s a fucking compliment! But what do meanings matter, I hear the three people who bothered to read this far cry? Well, it means that a search for N****r will, in theory, almost definitely be in relation to the racist definition, while Cracker will find results for four completely inoffensive terms and one debatably offensive one. It’s just not a fair comparison.
Second, Google is nether a valid or reliable way of gauging people’s viewpoints. At all. First, reliability; the site uses data based on your previous searches to theoretically make the search results more relevant to the person searching, so sites you visited previously and previous search terms affect the results, so everyone will get different results if they try this, meaning this test’s results can’t be repeated by another person, hence meaning they are unreliable. Then there’s the validity, which is heavily reliant on what you expect these results to be representative of. Based on the CNN screencap, I’m going to presume OP is only referring to American racism, and is ignoring most of the world, which then begs the question of why they presume the World Wide Web will only reflect America, even if seemingly the majority of it is in English. I mean, I’m from England and racism is deceptively different over here even though we’re often seen as pretty similar to America. For example, quite a lot of racism is directed towards Polish immigrants, despite them being white. Even ignoring that, you’d be overlooking the fact that people who don’t have access to the internet or don’t want to use the internet have little to no effect on these websites, meaning the results wouldn’t represent them. But let’s presume, for the sake of argument, that the internet is accurately representative of just America. How can we prove that Google is representative of the whole web. Contrary to popular belief, not every website on the internet appears on Google search. This site talks more about how Google finds the sites it uses for search results and mentions some possible errors that could occur, though as it is run by Google and it’s in their benefit to continue the illusion that their site covers everything it should be taken with a pinch of salt. There is a way of proving how representative of the results are to the opinions of the entire internet, but you’d have to compare a full list of every site on Google search and a list of every site on the entire internet, and even if you used an algorithm to do so (and gods know how long it would take to compare that many domain names), by the time it had finished comparing several thousand domains would have been deleted and several thousand more made.
I should make it very clear, I’m not saying the words are equally offensive. At all. Also the sort of racist cockmongers who make stuff like the pictures from the search result sicken me. The fact I feel physically incapable of typing n****r in a debate about the word is evidence enough of that. But that doesn’t make this experiment valid or reliable (still need a better word than experiment). It’s not completely unworkable though,perhaps a better comparison would be to compare the results for “Black” with the results for “White” as both have the same (or at least closer) number of meanings, along with another colour not linked to race as a neutral variable if you want to be super anal about it, or perhaps other racist terms that I either don’t know or can’t type without feeling like a sack of shit. Also you’d definitely need to use a more reliable method of gauging public opinion, though unfortunately I don’t know any real alternatives. The only thing I can think of off the top of my head is a nationwide survey, but would cost a lot to send to every american household, and a lot of people would give answers they consider publicly acceptable or just not reply.
(If anyone reads under the cut- it’s not as alarming as it sounds in places. I just needed to vent, and venting in this case includes dramatic exaggeration and ludicrous levels of self pity. Tumblr is my punching bag.)
So, after weeks of struggling with work, revision and deadlines, I thought I was finally starting to get back on top of everything. I was on track with my essay, I was on track with my speaking test practice. Everything was going to be fine.
… Except now I’ve just learned that I actually have three Japanese tests this week, not one. And I’m nowhere near ready for the other two.
Brilliant. Fucking brilliant.
she hates friday just as much as we do
she is the robert pattinson of the music industry
No, self, you are not going to panic, screw up your essay and speaking test, panic, fail your course, panic, mess up your entire life and never succeed at anything ever again, or panic. You’re going to calm the fuck down, learn your lines, hand in 1500 words of correctly referenced essay, and even if you don’t do as well as you could have done, you’ll have picked up at least a few marks. Everything will be OK.
… I could really do without this fucking Monday bake sale, though. I don’t care if I’ve known about it all semester, it’s a nuisance and I’d rather not have to deal with it.
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50$ says half the telegram sam video was a tape of peter murphy after the rest of the band shoved him in a tunnel with a camera cause he was being too naked and peter murphy-ish
Nemi, you have to practice feeling the weave of the shirt. That narrows it down to at least… one in a hundred.
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