Again the 'slavery' non-sense.
Posted Jan 20, 2012 12:06 UTC (Fri) by fb
In reply to: Again the 'slavery' non-sense.
Parent article: LCA: Addressing the failure of open source
> You've never heard anyone use the word "slave" or "slavery" metaphorically before? It's a pretty widespread phenomenon... "I'm a slave to the grind!", "He's a slave to drugs!", "I've been slaving away at this drudgery all day!", etc...
While that happens often in colloquial language, I've never seen it used like that in a consequent and purposeful manner in a formal setting.
Words have meanings, and these meanings have consequences. Try purposefully and consequently associating a bad word (e.g. 'slaver', 'pig') with a given minority at work to see what happens.
To me that is just the same cheap game of 'associate something you don't like with something that outrages people to get a bigger response' that is also played with 'think about the children'. Except this one is played by key FOSS advocates, associating 'proprietary software' with 'slavery'. Aren't this the same people who are so very careful when talking about word choice when it is to disambiguate 'intellectual property' and copyright and patents? Aren't this the same people who are always so careful about using GNU/Linux?
> Do you also object to the naming of master/slave relationships between hardware/software?
I can tell you, most sincerely, that I very much object such use. It appalled me the first time I read such language in a book (more than 10 years ago), and it appalls me still.
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