A day before a white Southern Connecticut State University adjunct instructor used the n-word in his public health class last week, I used the n-word in my own journalism classroom. The university suspended Eric Triffin pending an investigation. I do not expect to be suspended. Or investigated. Nor should I be. It’s not because I am black and Triffin is white. It’s because of one word: context.
It was like watching a baby learning to talk —TV newscasters babbling around the s-word as the initial reports about President Donald Trump's reference to the less than desirable immigrant nations of color came to light. The baby babble became an uncertain half word. Then a dance around the word until hesitantly one newscaster uttered it. Then another. And another. Clearer. Bolder. More distinct until it was said with a zest and zeal heretofore unseen in a TV newscast. What? Did they really say that?
Once upon a time in our future, there will live a nation where all its citizens live their lives with the understanding that any news they receive from anyone about anything anywhere can be ignored and brushed aside as fake — if they do not like it. So, the bridge is falling: keep driving. The Earth is getting warmer: keep burning. That doctor's report is too scary: keep smoking, keep eating, keep drinking, keep dying. It's all fake if its credible — but you don't like it.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
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Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".