linguistic bias


How do we try influencing what other people think about the world? What techniques get used for bending the truth? In this week’s episode, we take a look at some of the linguistics around propaganda and censorship: what people can try beyond just outright lying, how using conversational rules can get you to think things that aren’t said, and how we can use bias to influence people’s views.

We hadn’t done a sociolinguistics one for a while! Looking forward to hearing what people have to say. ^_^
The Guardian view on computers and language: reproducing bias | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

“Reason is and ought only to be the slave of the passions,” wrote David Hume. Language, our instrument of reason, is saturated with value judgments. So what happens when computers – apparently the embodiment of pure mathematical rationality – start to use human language? They reproduce the traces of our passions, of course.