Life throws curveballs at us all. Today’s linklove post looks at language, how we use it and how choosing specific words reflects our biases and prejudices, but also choice and fate (a concept that I am endlessly fascinated by) and if by choosing something else, would get end up in the same place?
ONE. A Choose Your Own Adventure map is a great visualisation at making decisions — sometimes you get to remake the decision, sometimes you’re stuck with it, and but very rarely do you have to make morally right or wrong decisions. Maybe that’s the Choose Your Own Adventure the grown-ups have been waiting for.
TWO. Communication is all about perspective. Language is very telling of the person who uses, and your biases will slip through. It’s never been more important than it is now to be inclusive, and to ask — ask what language people want to hear and how you should use it around them. You won’t know if you don’t ask. Buffer’s Incomplete Guide to Inclusive Language for Startups and Tech (but if you ask me, for everybody).
Communication is not what you say, but how it’s heard.
THREE. Why your design team should hire a writer? The question is actually why shouldn’t you hire a writer. Everyone needs a writer. They’re storytellers and communicators. And in the end, we’re all stories.
FOUR. Reading Matters, a bi-annual conference for youth literature, was held at the State Library of Victoria earlier in the year, and Bronte Coates (digital content coordinator at Readings Bookshop, Melbourne) wrote a great recap: Here’s what I learned at Readings Matters.
FIVE. Podcasts are great, and today I’m rec’ing West Wing Weekly — it’s not new, but its definitely binge-able.