RE: Replacing "master" and "slave" terminology

Subject: RE: Replacing "master" and "slave" terminology
From: "Greg Holmes" <greg -dot- holmes -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 05:43:41 -0400

It's more than possible that I missed somebody already saying this --
if so, then I apologize for being redundant.

The "master" and "slave" relationship is morally objectionable
*amongst human beings*. It is *not* morally objectionable amongst
mechanical objects, electrical devices, or programming abstractions.
So to take offense in this case is a sort of category mistake.

Nor are the *words* offensive in themselves. If you were writing a
paper about human slavery, "master" and "slave" are the very words
that you would use. They are simply descriptive. There certainly *do*
exist semi-related words that are inherently offensive, but these
aren't them.

And when describing engineering components, what these words describe
is not only unobjectionable, but desirable.

-Greg Holmes

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