Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Homeland Security Buzzwords

The Department of Homeland Security monitors the use of certain words to detect potentially dangerous incidents, such as acts of terrorism, extreme weather, traffic accidents, and hazardous spills. It's part of the agency's "Media Monitoring Capability Mission" (MMC), an effort to discover clues from web sources like Facebook, Twitter, forums, and emails, to develop what it calls "situational awareness." Unless you want Big Brother spying on you, avoid using these words on the Internet, or anywhere else for that matter....

Simulacra
Verisimilitude
Historicity
Non-event
Absolute event
Humus

Just to be safe, you should probably avoid these words too...

Panoptic
Cellular
Organic
Genetic
Gaze
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