Transcendental Bloviation

Politics, Space, Japan

Monday, October 30, 2006

Just arguing semantics again

I have another essay out at The Space Review: When Politics, Semantics and Reality Collide: the "space tourism" debate.

I can give you a money-back guarantee that you'll greet it with delight, loathing, or total apathy.


At 6:06 AM, Blogger Michael Mealling said...

Dead on perfect! I loved it. As the dreaded "marketing guy" in a suborbital startup I think the whole "what word to use" misses some very imporant points. Some you raise, but one of the other main ones is segmentation of the total addressable market. Some will travel into space for recreation, some will want to mix recreation and amateur science, and some will do it as part of their job. One of those is a tourist, another isn't. The language will evolve as the market matures and the segmentations become more apparent in popular culture. And some words will make sense in some cultures but not in others.

Great article!

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