Political Correctness Is Destroying America

The term “political correctness” very popular in this age of social media and the use of disinformation…..but what does the term mean exactly?

….the avoidance, often considered as taken to extremes, of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.

All sides accuse the other of political correction……but where is the true culprit?

Spend some time and learn where the actual political correctness can be found…..it is not where you think….

America today faces a terrifying danger: political correctness. It is an existential threat not just to the United States, but all of human civilization.

By this, obviously, I mean right-wing political correctness.

Maybe you’re surprised to hear this. In the U.S. media, there’s no shortage of lamentations about political correctness and how it chills debate — but they’re almost always about the threat of left-wing PC.

In reality, political correctness, or cancel culture, or whatever it’s called, is not a phenomenon of the left, right, or center. It’s a phenomenon of human nature. All humanity’s infinite tribes are prone to groupthink and punishing heretics. That’s why the principle of free thought has to be defended: It is, unfortunately, a weird and unnatural fit for humans.

There absolutely are examples of ugly political correctness from the U.S. “left,” whatever that means in a country that, by historical standards, doesn’t have a left. But the vast, vast majority of political correctness in America is conservative. Conservative PC is so powerful in the U.S. that much of it is adopted by both political parties and all of the corporate media. Indeed, right-wing political correctness is so dominant that it’s politically incorrect to refer to it as political correctness. Instead, we call it things like “patriotism,” or simply don’t notice its existence.

A full examination of America’s conservative PC culture would take the rest of your life to read. So let’s limit this to four areas where the right’s PC causes some of the most harm: religion, foreign policy, the Republican Party, and police.

https://theintercept.com/2020/07/18/political-correctness-destroying-america/

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Are You A Bad Person?

If you spend all your time on social media then you may well be a dickhead.

Recently a loyal follower of IST, Pete wrote a post about the social media craze of misspelling just about everything……https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/92661894/posts/2825622909

And then I read an article about social media and being a bad person……

Your addiction to social media is probably making you a jerk.

Addictions to Facebook, Snapchat, and other platforms aren’t just making you hungry for more likes and recognition; it’s also negatively affecting others in your lives, according to new research.

Researchers from Michigan State University and California State University-Fullerton found that there are dark sides to social media use including an enhanced call to be “cruel” and “callous online.” Dar Meshi, a cognitive neuroscientist and assistant professor at Michigan State University, said that researchers were interested in finding out both the benefits and problems with social media use.

https://www.theladders.com/career-advice/if-you-spend-time-doing-this-activity-it-means-you-are-a-bad-person

I had noticed that there is a wealth of dickheads on social media….and now we can point to this study to explain just why they are such d/bags.

Don’t get me wrong…..I can be a dickhead….but usually after someone has attacked me or insulted me….I try to keep things civil but there is always one that will press that one remaining nerve and I lash back.

AS far as social media goes….I am on Twitter…..I use it as a news feed…..I do not go any further….no Facebook, no Instagram, No any of it.

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All Those Powers He Does Not Possess

Donald the Orange has a running battle against ….well everybody…..and most of his claims and lies are on his Twitter account. In case you missed the breakdown…..https://lobotero.com/2020/05/28/trump-twitter-saga-continues/

His Executive Order could strip Twitter and social media their legal protections…..

“This will be a Big Day for Social Media and FAIRNESS!” President Trump tweeted Thursday morning. The reason? Late in the afternoon, he signed an executive order that could deal a big blow to Twitter, Facebook, and other social media companies. Among other things, the move could strip the companies of protection from lawsuits stemming from comments or videos posted by individuals. All of this comes amid the backdrop of Twitter’s move to start fact-checking the president’s tweets, which he has condemned as politically biased. “We’re fed up with it,” Trump said at the signing, per the AP. Coverage:

  • 26 words: Get ready to hear a lot about “Section 230.” This is part of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, and legal experts (and authors) say it includes “26 words that created the Internet,” per CNN. Those words: “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.” The section shields social media companies that act in “good faith” from lawsuits due to content posted on their platforms, and Trump’s executive order directs federal regulators to rethink the law.
  • More on the law: The 1996 statute is controversial because critics say it allows social media companies to reap profits while avoiding accountability for content such as hate speech and terrorist propaganda, reports the Washington Post. Any change in the law “could mean potentially dramatic free-speech implications and wide-ranging consequences for a broad swath of companies,” per the Post.
  • Bias allegations: The executive order also deals with accusations of political bias, and it would charge the FTC with handling complaints and making sure companies are adhering to pledges of neutrality. The current law gives companies much leeway to remove content they deem objectionable, and Trump contends they’re abusing their power, reports Politico. “In a country that has long cherished the freedom of expression, we cannot allow a limited number of online platforms to hand-pick the speech that Americans may access and convey online,” says a draft version.
  • Shift in view: Here’s how the Wall Street Journal sees the change: The executive order “would seek to reshape the way that federal regulators view Twitter and other social-media companies—not as hosts of speech but as monopolies that control millions of Americans’ daily experiences on their platforms.” But any change in regulations would almost certainly end up in court, with companies arguing that the federal government is guilty of overreach.
  • Not enough authority? The AP quotes a law professor at Yale who says any new regulation of social media companies would likely have to be approved by Congress.
  • The politics: Even if the initiative to impose new restrictions on the companies fails, Trump will likely relish the fight against media powerhouses he accuses of bias. The new Twitter fight is an example. “This plays right into President Trump’s hands,” Jason Miller, communications director for Trump’s 2016 campaign, tells CNN. “They basically handed him a massive gift.

Trump’s authoritarian streak continues to chest thumping for the powers that he just does not possess……

Threatening to shut down Twitter for flagging false content. Claiming he can “override” governors who dare to keep churches closed to congregants. Asserting the “absolute authority” to force states to reopen, even when local leaders say it’s too soon.

As he battles the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump has been claiming extraordinarily sweeping powers that legal scholars say the president simply doesn’t have. And he has repeatedly refused to spell out the legal basis for those powers.

“It’s not that the president doesn’t have a remarkable amount of power to respond to a public health crisis. It’s that these are not the powers he has,” said Stephen Vladeck, a University of Texas School of Law professor who specializes in constitutional and national security law.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/trump-continues-to-claim-broad-powers-he-doesn-t-have-1.4958123

Trump’s attack here is an attack on internet free speech…..and he wants to get rid of it when it applies to him….

You may have never heard of it, but Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is the legal backbone of the internet. The law was created almost 30 years ago to protect internet platforms from liability for many of the things third parties say or do on them. And now it’s under threat by one of its biggest beneficiaries: President Trump, who hopes to use it to fight back against the social media platforms he believes are unfairly censoring him and other conservative voices.

Section 230 says that internet platforms that host third-party content — think of tweets on Twitter, posts on Facebook, photos on Instagram, reviews on Yelp, or a news outlet’s reader comments — are not liable for what those third parties post (with a few exceptions). For instance, if a Yelp reviewer were to post something defamatory about a business, the business could sue the reviewer for libel, but it couldn’t sue Yelp. Without Section 230’s protections, the internet as we know it today would not exist. If the law were taken away, many websites driven by user-generated content would likely go dark.

https://www.vox.com/recode/2020/5/28/21273241/section-230-explained-trump-social-media-twitter-facebook

As I continue to write…..the Saga Continues……

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Trump/Twitter Saga Continues

Yesterday I wrote about the back and forth between Trump and Twitter…..to the point that Trump has threatened to close down social media….especially Twitter…..

But read my thoughts for yourself……https://lobotero.com/2020/05/27/closing-thought-27may20/

But as I closed the post with….the saga continues and now the rest of the story from Donald the Orange……

President Trump’s feud with Twitter continues. The latest: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters Wednesday night that the POTUS will soon sign an executive order aimed at social media companies, the AP reports. White House strategic communications director Alyssa Farah said the move would come Thursday, but neither offered further details on what exactly it would entail. Politico explains that tech companies are concerned Trump will target a 1996 statute protecting them from lawsuits; conservatives have increasingly accused the companies of abusing that protection, which has so far afforded them broad leeway to censor material they deem objectionable. Trump, who is upset Twitter flagged two of his tweets about mail-in ballots and voter fraud with a fact-check warning, and other Republicans have accused social media companies of left-wing bias.

Such companies “are curators of user experiences, i.e. the man behind the curtain for everything we can see or hear,” an administration official tells Politico anonymously. Trump had threatened “big action” against them earlier Wednesday, and on Wednesday night added, “Big Tech is doing everything in their very considerable power to CENSOR in advance of the 2020 Election. If that happens, we no longer have our freedom. I will never let it happen! They tried hard in 2016, and lost. Now they are going absolutely CRAZY. Stay Tuned!!!” Meanwhile, Mark Zuckerberg seemed to agree with Trump on at least one thing, saying that social media companies “shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online.” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey hit right back: “We’ll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally,” he tweeted. “This does not make us an ‘arbiter of truth.’ Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves.”

Sounds like someone that wants to control the narrative and the news to me…..

What more can be said….other than….The Saga Continues…..

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Closing Thought–27May20

The Breaking News……

Since Morning Joe has been bad mouthing Trump it is only fair, in his tiny mind, that he do the same and on Twitter…..

The widower of a former congressional staffer of Joe Scarborough has gone directly to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey with a plea: Delete President Trump’s conspiracy theories suggesting that Scarborough killed his wife. Trump has been pushing the idea hard of late that Scarborough, now at MSNBC, played a role in the 2001 death of Lori Klausutis, and Timothy Klausutis is now pushing back. Coverage:

  • The letter: Trump “tweeted to his nearly 80 million followers alluding to the repeatedly debunked falsehood that my wife was murdered by her boss, former U.S. Rep. Joe Scarborough,” Klausutis wrote in a letter to Dorsey that was first revealed by Kara Swisher in a New York Timescolumn. “Please delete these tweets. My wife deserves better.” At another point: “I’m asking you to intervene in this instance because the president of the United States has taken something that does not belong to him—the memory of my dead wife—and perverted it for perceived political gain.”
  • Another line: “An ordinary user like me would be banished from the platform for such a tweet but I am only asking that these tweets be removed.”
  • The death: Lori Klausutis, 28, worked as a constituent services coordinator, and she died in Scarborough’s office in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. An autopsy found that she suffered from an undiagnosed heart condition, and authorities concluded that she fainted and struck her head, reports Newsweek. Scarborough was actually in DC at the time of her death, notes Axios.
  • Trump: The president has tweeted multiple times about the death. An example: “A blow to her head? Body found under his desk? Left Congress suddenly? Big topic of discussion in Florida … and, he’s a Nut Job (with bad ratings),” Trump wrote Saturday. “Keep digging, use forensic geniuses!” On Tuesday, Trump revisited the subject: “The opening of a Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough was not a Donald Trump original thought, this has been going on for years, long before I joined the chorus,” he wrote.
  • Twitter response: Twitter has not removed the Trump posts, notes Politico. “We are deeply sorry about the pain these statements, and the attention they are drawing, are causing the family,” said a spokesperson. “We’ve been working to expand existing product features and policies so we can more effectively address things like this going forward, and we hope to have those changes in place shortly.” Swisher’s column reports that the company is speeding up plans to label some tweets as false and provide links to credible information refuting them.
  • Scarborough response: What Trump is doing is “unspeakably cruel” to the Klausutis family, Scarborough said Tuesday on his show, per Cleveland.com. “I know all too well how much (widower) T.J. has suffered, and how much—he’s told me his family has suffered. … Every time they spread these lies, they’re hurting the family.”
  • Fact-checker: The Fact Checker blog of the Washington Post previously dug into the conspiracy theories and concluded they’re bunk. They received the worst possible score of Four Pinocchios, “and we wish we had more to give.”

Of course Donald the Orange could not let a situation good un-lied about and took to Twitter , as usual…..

President Trump is hitting back hard at Twitter after the social media company started flagging his tweets about mail-in voting. The tech giant “is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election. They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post,” the POTUS posted on, yes, Twitter Tuesday night. Twitter has yet to flag any more tweets beyond the two that were slapped with a fact-check warning earlier Tuesday, the first time Twitter has ever pulled such a move on Trump, per CNN.

Trump’s campaign manager also responded to the controversy Tuesday night, releasing a statement accusing “Silicon Valley” of pulling “out all the stops to obstruct and interfere” with Trump “getting his message through to voters,” Business Insider reports. “Partnering with the biased fake news media ‘fact checkers’ is only a smoke screen Twitter is using to try to lend their obvious political tactics some false credibility,” Brad Parscale’s statement continues. Yahoo News notes that Twitter has yet to flag or remove any of Trump’s tweets promoting a conspiracy theory about MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and the 2001 death of one of his staffers, a fact that has reportedly angered some Twitter employees.

Now we know why he worships tyrants…..he seems to think that he can do whatever he wants to whoever is handy…..

His latest piece of BS is that he will shut down social media…..

President Trump escalated his new feud with Twitter on Wednesday morning by threatening to shut it and other social media sites down over what he sees as political bias. The threat comes after Twitter added a fact-check function to some of the president’s tweets. “Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices,” Trump tweeted. “We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen. … Social Media. Clean up your act, NOW!!!!”

  • Can he? Despite Trump’s threat, he has “little authority” to shut down the sites, notes Bloomberg. Potential regulations are another thing, though adviser Kellyanne Conway declined to suggest specifics on Wednesday. “The president’s saying please stop suppressing conservative voices,” she said. On Twitter’s new fact-checking move: “I thought using outlets that are decisively and proudly anti-Trump to fact-check the president was maybe the richest piece of the whole thing.”
  • Mail-in voting: On Tuesday, Twitter flagged Trump tweets linking absentee voting to fraud as potentially misleading. (The site added a blue exclamation point to the tweets with a “Get the facts” note linking to stories on the issue, per Reuters.) But Trump returned to the topic Wednesday. “We can’t let large scale Mail-In Ballots take root in our Country,” he wrote. “It would be a free for all on cheating, forgery and the theft of Ballots. Whoever cheated the most would win.”
  • Another Trump move: Last week, before the Twitter controversy, the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump might create a White House panel to review online bias at social media sites. “Left-wing bias in the tech world is a concern that definitely needs to be addressed from our vantage point, and at least exposed [so] that Americans have clear eyes about what we’re dealing with,” says a White House official.
  • Twitter stock: Shares were sliding Wednesday morning, reports the Street. They were down about 2% even as the tech-centric Nasdaq index was rising.
  • A counterpoint: Axios did an analysis last year and found that the most viral online stories about the 2020 election actually came from right-wing sites.

Really?  How will Trump get his lies and bullshit out to his mentally slow supporters without social media?

And the saga continues……..

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The Virus And Social Media

I am sorry but social media can be doing more harm. than good.

We can always point to the access to information almost immediately as a positive….and on the other hand we can point to the morons that are challenging people to lick toilet seats or those dweebs that are spreading some sort of conspiracy instead of much need clarity of information.

“The facebooks and twitters of today are nothing but tulip manias and other pyramid schemes that were well-known in late 18th century Europe. They provide no service and make nothing of value, but they are rather adept, for a brief while, at convincing quite a few people that they do.” (Baruch Pletner)

We are staying home and interacting through social media….but is that a good thing?

Everything that we’re currently enduring would be worse without the Internet. Without it, we wouldn’t be getting nearly as much information nearly as quickly. Our ability to look up what doctors are saying would be nil. Our ability to know what the coronavirus is doing in other countries would be limited to foreign correspondents. Our knowledge about the crisis we’re facing would be limited to what we could find out from the television, the radio, newspapers, and magazines.

https://www.nationalreview.com/the-morning-jolt/internet-and-social-media-in-the-age-of-coronavirus/

The optimistic view is that social media could prove useful at a time when many of us are otherwise isolated from one another. Conversations around the coronavirus, especially those at the community level, can help us navigate this crisis, says Jeff Hancock, a professor of communication at Stanford University and the director of the Stanford Social Media Lab. Those discussions are “reflecting how society is thinking and reacting to the crisis,” Hancock says. “They’re allowing society to sort of talk its way through what is an unprecedented kind of threat.” Scientists and other public health experts are also using social media to more directly engage with the public or discuss emerging research, while community leaders are using it to form ad-hoc volunteer networks to help vulnerable neighbors.

https://time.com/5802802/social-media-coronavirus/

https://www.vox.com/recode/2020/3/12/21175570/coronavirus-covid-19-social-media-twitter-facebook-google

WHO and other public health organizations also use social media to inform the public about the outbreak, and control the panic. Of course, it doesn’t mean that misinformation is not being circulated among social media users. For many people, conspiracy theories are a natural response to the senseless cruelty of this crisis. They offer clarity and an opportunity to blame someone for the havoc. So it’s not unreasonable that a number of dangerous conspiracy theories ‘blew up’, offering interesting, albeit completely incorrect ways of viewing the situation. Some claim that the virus is a biological weapon, created by either the US (to kill Chinese people) or China (to kill Americans). Some claim that the outbreak was orchestrated by big tech – to undermine China’s status as the world capital of high-tech manufacturing.

https://www.thedrum.com/opinion/2020/03/03/the-pandemic-infodemic-how-social-media-helps-and-hurts-during-the-coronavirus

All I am trying to say is to be leery of the information you may get from social media…….go to reliable sites for that info.

“Virus Truthers” have made their appearance…..remember those types from a decade ago?

NBC News is calling them “coronavirus deniers”; the Daily Beast is going with “coronavirus truthers.” These are the people—most of them conspiracy theorists or far-right activists—who started the #FilmYourHospital hashtag urging people to head out to their local hospitals, film the entrances, and then post the results on social media. Their argument: Things seem pretty quiet at these hospitals despite harrowing reports to the contrary. As NBC points out, just because the outside of a hospital appears calm doesn’t mean the inside is. And an expert notes that some hospitals, even in hard-hit areas like New York City, may simply be quieter than others: “There can be particularly high-risk neighborhoods within a hot spot. There may be hospitals where they’re not putting refrigerated morgue trucks out the door. If you take it all together, it’s one big picture. If you look at it separately, it may look like another.”

Adds Will Sommer at DB, “The videos also don’t consider that, as hospitals cancel elective surgeries and ban visitors, fewer people could be parking at the hospital. The videos also don’t take into account the fact that coronavirus patients are likely isolated from the rest of the hospital, meaning they can’t be easily seen by walking past an entrance or lobby.” The phenomenon started when former Fox News commentator Todd Starnes tweeted a video Saturday of a calm-looking Brooklyn Hospital Center; the next day, a New York City councilman tweeted a video of bodies being loaded onto an 18-wheeler outside the same hospital. Even so, the hashtag (which Sommer notes was started and proliferated by QAnon conspiracy theorists) and accompanying conspiracy theory had already taken off, with thousands tweeting about it by Monday and people including a onetime California congressional candidate posting similarly quiet-appearing videos of hospitals. A Fox News contributor retweeted, then deleted, that video.

It will get crazier as the pandemic rages on…….

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Closing Thought–27Jan20

Social media….vintage social media…..

I am an old fart so I remember the rotor telephone, stamps, photos printed on paper,….but enough of the that …let me show you “our” social media…

And somehow we made it to the 21st century without having told everyone every minute of our lives…..you were “famous” back in the Dark Ages for actually doing something exceptional…not because you did something stupid and put it on-line for all to see.

This silly thing, social media, is how we got to this spot in history and the turn will define the next decade……

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Why Is No One Reading?

Sunday thoughts……

I have read many blogs, especially new bloggers, that ask the same question time after time…..”why is no one reading my blog”?

Some want their thoughts to be instantly accepted by all people…..or they cannot understand why others do not enjoy the same things that the author likes?

I wish I had good advice on how to make your blog more popular but as one can see I am not tearing up the blogsophere with my blogs…..so I will bow to more experienced bloggers…..

I did find an interesting article that answered some of the questions that bloggers have abodut the popularity of their blogs….

Some excellent thoughts……

Online traffic is one of those things you’re not supposed to talk about.

But anyone who writes online and proclaims, “I don’t care if anyone reads me,” is a liar.

If you didn’t care if anyone read you, you wouldn’t write online. In fact, you wouldn’t write at all.

1. You’re boring.

One thing that’s remarkable is how many people think they are writing about something interesting when they are not. How many times have you lost track of what someone is saying when they are talking to you in person? Unfortunately, you can’t just walk away in real life if you want to be polite. On the internet, you can walk away with a click if someone fails to interest you. This happens all the time.

If your idea of being interesting is writing about complex tax codes, what your cat ate for breakfast (unless it’s Maru), or how much you bench pressed, you may be boring. It all depends. The fact of the matter is that it’s not the thing, it’s the relationship to the thing, and when it comes to writing, it’s not the subject, it’s your relationship to it.

It’s hard to say what my most popular post is thus far at this blog because Forbes has changed the way things are calculated, but currently the post at the most-read spot is: “9/11 Stories: ‘No One Talks About That.‘”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/susannahbreslin/2011/09/26/heres-why-no-one-reads-your-blog/#698563ca7c58

Like I said…I am NO expert so I have to bow to others that are mo better at writing a blog than me…..

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Closing Thought–26Dec19

Lots has been written about the problems we all suffer if we use the internet….the tracking of our visits, etc….

If you are worried then you need to read this article I found….

Here are some mildly terrifying things I learned when I recently did an online privacy checkup: Google was sharing my creditworthiness with third parties. If you want Target to stop sharing your information with marketers, you have to call them. And, my favorite: If you would like Hearst, the publishing giant, to stop sharing your physical mailing address with third parties, you have to mail a physical letter with your request to the company’s lawyers.

Cool cool cool.

I was inspired by this story my colleague Kashmir Hill wrote this month about the company Sift, which collects your consumer data and analyzes then scores your transactions.

Me?

I do not care that they track me.  I do no business on-line that could be used against me…..I am an old radical so I am use to watching what I do or say for the government is listening. (COINTELPRO).

Bernie is doing what all politicians do….promise.

Vowing to take on the telecom giants that have monopolized the web for private profit, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday unveiled a $150 billion plan to make the internet a public utility, break up and tightly regulate corporate behemoths like Verizon and AT&T, and provide high-speed broadband for everyone in the United States.

“It is outrageous that across the country millions of Americans and so many of our communities do not have access to affordable high-speed internet,” Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said in a statement. “Access to the internet is a necessity in today’s economy, and it should be available for all.”

Sanders vowed that, if elected president in 2020, he will ensure that every American household has affordable and high-speed internet by the end of his first term.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/12/06/vowing-deliver-high-speed-broadband-all-sanders-plan-would-enshrine-internet-public

I like the idea….but this is a non-starter…..big business will, never allow such a move.

Just thought you might like to know.

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Grammar Nerds Can Despair

My Sunday begins and the weather is turning yet again…..but life goes on….give it a couple of days and it will change again…..

These days grammar is not as important as it once was…..and the electronics and the language that goes with the mobile phone can be blamed…..

If you find yourself texting about “Johns scarf” or “Shellys hat” because it’s so much easier than switching to your phone’s punctuation menu to add an apostrophe, congratulations, you’re part of the problem: The Apostrophe Protection Society is officially shutting down. The society was started by retired journalist John Richards, 96, in 2001 to preserve the proper use of the “much-abused” apostrophe, but in a statement on the official website, Richards says that while he and his supporters did their best, “the ignorance and laziness present in modern times have won.”

“Fewer organizations and individuals are now caring about the correct use of the apostrophe in the English Language,” he adds, though he also notes that at age 96, he’s decided to cut back on his commitments. He noted that the website will remain up and running for now “for reference and interest.” Among other things, the website includes these three rules for correctly using apostrophes, the Evening Standard reports: Use them to denote possession. Use them to stand in for a missing letter or letters. Don’t use them to denote plurals. There are more rules, of course, when it comes to when you leave them out of words, and those who know the rules will appreciate the jokes on Twitter like this one from people announcing the shuttering: “Its over.”

A sad day for the English language…..but then aint they all?  (it was left out on purpose)..

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