Radical Linguistics in an Age of Extinction

Lin­guis­tic chau­vin­ism, now mod­ern­ized and glob­al­ized, is a pow­er­ful force con­tribut­ing to the mass dis­ap­pear­ance of lan­guages and cul­tures, an extinc­tion event with fun­da­men­tal and incal­cu­la­ble polit­i­cal ram­i­fi­ca­tions. Up to half of all liv­ing human languages—mostly those that are undoc­u­mented, unwrit­ten, and unknown out­side their communities—can be expected to dis­ap­pear over the next century.

Why One Professor Thinks Academics Should Write ‘BuzzFeed-Style Scholarship’ – Wired Campus — Blogs — The Chronicle of Higher Education

Rather than cre­at­ing his own web page to house Buz­zAdemia pieces, Mr. Marino envi­sions pub­lish­ing them on exist­ing, pop­u­lar plat­forms (like BuzzFeed).

My dream for this is that you even­tu­ally get locked in a click-bait loop of schol­arly argu­ments, rather than arti­cles about Dis­ney princesses and what to do in your 20s,” he said.

The Myth of Magical Futures

Despite its (now fre­quently mocked) claims to mer­i­toc­racy, Sil­i­con Val­ley loves its hier­ar­chies. How­ever, because these hier­ar­chies often look some­what dif­fer­ent than old-time cor­po­rate ones, they are often opaque to out­siders look­ing in.

Why I Hope to Die at 75

But here is a sim­ple truth that many of us seem to resist: liv­ing too long is also a loss. It ren­ders many of us, if not dis­abled, then fal­ter­ing and declin­ing, a state that may not be worse than death but is nonethe­less deprived. It robs us of our cre­ativ­ity and abil­ity to con­tribute to work, soci­ety, the world. It trans­forms how peo­ple expe­ri­ence us, relate to us, and, most impor­tant, remem­ber us. We are no longer remem­bered as vibrant and engaged but as fee­ble, inef­fec­tual, even pathetic.