around the web: "rethink this" edition

Econospeak: The New York Times is wrong in using "enslaver" to mean the same thing as "slave owner." (Using language to nudge politics is obnoxious enough without misconstruing the meaning of words.)

• I received an email from AICA, the art critics' organization, about the "Guston controversy." My first thought was that painter Philip Guston had been #me_too'd because (I recall) his daughter said he was a skirt-chaser, in her book about him. But no, some museum directors postponed a retrospective because they thought his goofy paintings of Klansmen smoking cigarettes and riding around in little cars might trigger some folks. What a world. (See, e.g. ArtNews)

• Here's what Simon Reynolds supports with all that election cheering: According to the Grayzone, Biden appointee Richard Stengel "has proposed 'rethinking' the First Amendment that guarantees the freedom of speech and press. In 2018, he stated, 'Having once been almost a First Amendment absolutist, I have really moved my position on it, because I just think for practical reasons in society, we have to kind of rethink some of those things.'" It's gonna be a fun four years.