Dictionary of Discriminative* Sayings, Proverbs, and Idioms in Turkish (*Sexist, Racist, Xenophobic etc.) “The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare upon the brains of the living.” (Karl Marx) “Language is not neutral. It is not merely a vehicle, which carries ideas. It is itself a shaper of ideas.” (Dale Spender) The specters […]Read more "Discriminative Dictionary"
I found in a rare book, written by my uncle Mehmet Koç in 1964, a striking quotation of a public statement on a train wreck by an “unknown” state official in Turkey: “Citizens, Regrettably, our nighty three citizens passed away in the deplorable train wreck last night. Our sorrow is overwhelming. Our only consolation is […]Read more "Let’s Vomit It: Disgust, Purity, and Hate"
Freedom of Expression vs. Freedom from Harm One of the greatest controversies of our contemporary world is the one between the ideas of freedom of expression and freedom from harm. On the one side of the spectrum, the idealists of freedom of expression are proud of their irreconcilable attitude toward any attempt of putting any […]Read more "Should We Let the Hate Free? The Case of Google, Cyber Censorship, and Turkey"