Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

A Fickle Pickle

Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

A Fickle Pickle

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Pluto, O Pluto, O what did you do to deserve such a brutal fate? some say, God damn it, you are a planet, and nine is a number divine others say, can't sugar coat it, we just have to demote it, here's where we draw the line  Pluto, dear Pluto, please say it ain't true to me, please say it isn't too late some say your addition has become our tradition, you're a body that's heavenly sent others say, we can't avoid, that you're an asteroid, Science has no room for sentiment  Pluto, my Pluto, the question is moot to you, as you make your icy, erratic rounds the words that we choose, the terms that we use, make no difference to you all the same you are what you are, an object so far away, immune to the attractions of fame ignoring our mockery, you're just a big rock, you see, but the children all know your name  but Pluto, our Pluto, O surely you do know how our mortal foolishness abounds exiling you from the planetarium, we belong in a sanitarium, for being so terribly inconstant we are so very mad that I think our next fad will make Australia an island not a continent 

Lance Strate

Lance Strate is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University and is internationally recognized for his intellectual leadership in the discipline of communication, Media Ecology, and General Semantics. …

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