David just sent me this link to a new documentary initiative. I shudder. But I guess it means that we won’t have to get Human Subjects approval, because what we do is humanitarian aid, right? Interestingly, though, there’s nothing about this wonderful project (which will produce an 8-episode documentary on the “900 separate groups of people that anthropologists believe exist” (as opposed to all the others that don’t exist)) on Geldof’s web site. And dictionaryofman.com is, shall we say, not exactly rocking. One quote stood out in particular: “It will give us the chance to meet and understand the people who share our planet in a way we’ve never seen them before.” It’s a real pity that even after all the efforts of linguists and anthropologists to avoid the paradigm of “us” studying “them” it’s going to come right back to the fore in projects like this.