Where is offense? | Jim Selman

January 19, 2015 11:23 PM

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Like most of us I have been following the tempest succeeding the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris, the wave of anti-terrorist rhetoric, the rendering of Mohammed as a kind of 'we'll-show-you' counter-punch, the counter-counter punch of Muslims being offended by the rendering, and on it goes. Everyone seems offended by something.

I spend a lot of time thinking about and trying to observe the phenomena that are being referred to in ordinary conversation -- when we are speaking and listening. My point of view, is that if we cannot observe something then whatever we're talking about isn't actionable. For example, when we genera...

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