Buzzwords as Triggers

This story isn’t about GMOs, even though the story we’re linking to is about GMOs. This story is about the word technology and what it means to people and the use of words in society.

We got a sardonic laugh out of this TV news story out of Texas on KBTX, in which Travis Miller,  the Associate Director of State Operations for Texas A&M Agrilife Extension tries to linguistically appropriate the word “technology” to make his case. Dig this quote:

“There’s probably four or five per cent of the anti-technology people, and it’s fine with me if they want to be anti-technology, but they’re trying to influence this vast middle section….Anti-technology people [are] saying you’re going to die if you eat this stuff.”

Three mentions of “anti-technology” in two paragraphs, sounds like Mr. Miller’s goal is to marry the idea of GMOs with technology because he thinks the word has been put on some kind of pedestal. As readers of this space well know, 7CTOs sees technology as a double-edged razor, cutting a way to change but also leaving some bloody in the wake of cultural conflicts that come with great change.

GMOs have unquestionably helped feed a lot of people, but also been the bane of many hard-working American farmers for reasons too lengthy to go into here; we hope all Americans do their own research, we just don’t like the manipulation of language, especially when it’s a word that carries so much weight and context.