July 21-22, 2021 / Online

Main bedrooms and secondary branches: it’s time to scrub the language of oppression out of our products

Exploring why terminology and vocabulary should evolve
Speaker

Andy Welfle

Throughout the history of language, societies have adjusted vocabulary in little bits, over time. And within the last 50 years, progressives have taken steps to replace words rooted in a history of oppression. Today, we’re seeing big tech companies scrub out terms like “master/slave,” “blacklist,” and “whitelist” from their products. Is this the right course of action? Has PC culture gone too far?

Andy combines historical research into this topic with his practical experience at Adobe to explore why terminology and vocabulary should evolve over time.

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