Aaron Kucharski’s guest lecture focused a lot on what language people use for each other and in the media when dealing with addiction. He explained how some of the most commonly used words people use to describe people suffering from addiction are actually offensive and dehumanizing.
I thought that this talk was really interesting and informative. Aaron gave us a great explanation of how people use different language to refer to themselves, and how it’s important to respect those personal preferences as a member of the media. It was also interesting to hear him talk about how the language people are using is evolving. I think the best way to make sure that journalists are using the best, accurate and non-offensive language is to ask people directly what they would prefer us to use.