(..."Oh, I thought Truth had folded."
"Yes, it was folded into the Herald ...")
to buy Chuang’s silence
I'm confused: Do you mean to “ensure exclusivity” rather than to “buy silence”? The situation described seems more coercion than reward.
the receiver gets to choose what is offensive or not
… to the receiver. Certainly, the receiver’s feelings are real, and should be acknowledged, but such feelings aren’t normally just based on the wording itself, but also on the perceived speaker’s intent. Of course, it is often less clear what the actual intent is, and that’s where I think there’s scope for Sasha’s point above about the dance of meaning.
- Some usage, looked at carefully in context, is not intended to offend, but may still provoke a strong emotional response.
- Conversely, some usage is surely intended to offend, even if not using “offensive words” as such.
There are examples of both on the previous page of the thread.
* ducks for cover from flying bullet points *
NZ’s exports to China have trebled since the signing of the China-NZ FTA in early 2008. See the graph. That FTA was and is crucial to our economy.
… although the impact on NZ’s balance of trade is less clear-cut, as NZ imports from China have also risen since the FTA, though not in the same proportion. Long-term the FTA will be less positive for NZ (our exports to China being largely low-value-added bulk commodity products whose market price may be expected to increase proportionally less than the higher-value-added goods we currently import from China).
There is a tendency for Ministers championing trade agreements to focus only on the potential for increased exports; but that’s at best misleading. FTAs don’t automatically change the balance of trade, unless there is some real initial imbalance of trade restrictions that is reduced under the terms of the agreement (which, arguably, was achieved, in NZ’s favour, in the China deal). If that does not happen, an FTA is essentially only a catalyst, allowing increased trade volumes in both directions without affecting the balance point.
As described in this post, TPP looks like it could have a nett effect of imposing extra trade restrictions on NZ, changing the balance point to NZ’s detriment – but without much more detail, that’s really difficult to assess.
not exactly how cultural theory works
At the risk of oversimplifying, does that mean cultural theory actually works in practice by means of analysts basically going, “Look how much meaning I can wring out of this!”?
If so, then, as your earlier comment makes clear, the text needs to be located in a cultural context that appropriately allows that meaning to be extracted – which was blatantly not the case here.
(Without such a licensing context, it’s difficult to read that Marxist analysis above as extracting anything other than the Michael, or perhaps the micturate; if the author was serious, it’s a serious FAIL.)
Yep ... and impractical, since the reliability of the "learning style" assignment is itself very much in doubt.
Each year, I present my Applied Linguistics class with the Jung-Myer-Briggs test, and the “language learning styles” predicted for each of the 16 personality types. (One module of the course is factors influencing language learning success, including a range of – proposed, but with few exceptions not conclusively supported – psychological factor effects.)
So far, I have observed that:
(1) Most students score close to the midpoint on most scales. Which is to be expected: all four scales are normal distributions, rather than binary categories. This implies that most classifications using the test are arbitrary on at least one dimension. Basically, for any dimension(s) where you score 25% or less (= 2 questions away from the midpoint), you should also consider the neighbouring type description(s).
(2) If I simply present each student with the learning style description corresponding to their personality type as scored, students tend to think their assigned learning style description accurately matches their own learning experience.
(3) If I give each student three unlabelled learning style descriptions (one matching their type score, one for a type differing on 2 dimensions, and one for the complementary type, differing on all 4 dimensions) then their choices of the “best” learning style description are not significantly above chance. Which suggests that the learner descriptions (and possibly also at least some parts of the JMB test), may have little more use than a horoscope.
That being said: the extrovert/introvert scale does at least have a clear genetic basis, and does seem to correlate to some extent with preferred learning styles.
mothers with young children [...] may not be there but their influence surely is
Only if you think that concern trolling = representation.
I know you're joking, but of course Google will not conduct the search you want. For example, it misses the Wikipedia page that reveals that the "drunk smiley" %) already does exist.
the term “the belt-way”:
most often found encircling complete & utter pants?