NASA has landed a research vessel on Mars, and many are keen to see what mysteries it will reveal. However,…
NASA has landed a research vessel on Mars, and many are keen to see what mysteries it will reveal. However, some focused on linguistics and insulted words such as “colonization” and “exploration”.
Many would think that things on top of “potential problems with visiting the Mars list would mean loss of research data. Or maybe discovering (potentially aggressive and difficult) alien life. But there seems to be no blow on the radar for anyone, like American astronomer Lucianne Walkowicz, more concerned about the words used to describe space exploration. Walkowicz told Newsweek that words like “colonization” are “not OK to use” as It “erases the colonization story here on our own planet.”
Despite NASA, bigger fish roast than the preferred snowflake people, it seems that Walkowicz is not the only one concerned with “injuries” like some words could have. “Language is one of the ways in which we shape our social reality,” Sociologist Zuleyka Zevallos from Australia’s Swinburne University also told Newswee k.
“The history of colonialism has taught us that there is no democratic way of colonizing other countries”, allowed Zevallos. “It’s about profit and profit always marginalizes minorities.”
It is currently unclear what impact the world’s colonization will have on Mars minorities.
So far, some have argued that the following words should be forbidden: colonization, settlement, border and … exploring. If you can not use the word “explore” to explain how NASA searches for a previously unsearched new planet, “who even knows what terminology is snowflake protection.”
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