As a means of navigating the Internet, or setting the tone for academic discussion, the trigger warning is unhelpful. Once we start imposing alerts on the basis of potential trauma, where do we stop? One of the problems with the concept of triggering—understanding words as devices that activate a mechanism or cause a situation—is it promotes a rigid, overly deterministic approach to language. There is no rational basis for applying warnings because there is no objective measure of words’ potential harm. Of course, words can inspire intense reactions, but they have no intrinsic danger. Two people who have endured similarly painful experiences, from rape to war, can read the same material and respond in wholly different ways.
I dunno anymore.
"Trigger warnings are presented as a gesture of empathy, but the irony is they lead only to more solipsism, an over-preoccupation with one’s own feelings—much to the detriment of society as a whole."
this article makes a lot of good points
OMG today in class teacher was teaching and a kid said RUDE FUNNY THING and teacher was like RUDER FUNNIER THING and the kid was so suprise his hair got on FIRE and he had to be put in HOPSITAL for FIRE HAIR and the whole class was like SILENTS AMAZE trye story 100 % i swear
um . I thonk u made this up for note? ???
frist of all how dare yo u
i think my speech teacher hates me. i just get that vibe because he’s friendly to other students but when i try to talk to him he just gives me generic responses like you would give a dirty man with a cigarette standing outside the supermarket who asks how you’re doing
before you say anything in my defense, i drew a dick on the board during my first speech
my brother took my mom’s car last night and drove drunk with some girl and the cop who pulled him over didn’t take him to jail because he had plans and didn’t feel like driving him to jail instead. so now my brother is gonna just do it again and probably end up killing some innocent people because cop had a boy’s night out to attend
A man in Goleta, CA loves his 18 (yes, 18) cats so very much that he transformed his 4-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home into a feline playground. The $35,000 remodeling project was carried out by Trillium Enterprises who describe the house as:
"A peaceful place to getaway from it all; this four bedroom, two and a half bathroom home has been transformed into an oasis full of life. Plants, animals, playful colors, and every electronic gadget you can think of has been incorporated into every aspect of this home. From the underwater camera in the Koi pond, to the built in cat walks and fully integrated appliances this home meets every imagination."
The house now features a long spiral walkway, plenty of cat beds, climbing poles (which double as scratching posts) and lots of ramps, ledges, tunnels and aerial walkways. They also installed a new ventilation system, which probably helps make it less noticeable that so many kitties share the same home.
It’s a pussycat’s paradise. We’re guessing the humans who live in this house are pretty pleased with it too.
Photos via Trillium Enterprises
[via Nerd Approved]
a seed of motivation has been planted in the hearts of eccentric old cat ladies everywhere