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Discussion on: On whitelist and blacklist considered harmful

keith0305 profile image

Yes. Fully agreed. Basically you put into words what first came to my mind when I read about people wanting to find a better term to replace blacklist and whitelist.

In fact, I didn't even think of those terms like this until people put it that way.

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Martin Salinas Author

Is like saying we shouldn't use "adult" word because it reminds us of "adultery".

Or deprecate "science" because it looks like "scientology"

The solution is not "blocklisting" more words. A deeper analysis is needed. I'll cite Orwell again because it's extremely relevant:

Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought-crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it