Wednesday, August 25, 2010

White Noise

Use of the term "white noise" to describe the production of signals over a wide range of frequencies by the cosmos, atmospheric electrical disturbances, and radio circuitry, has been condemned by the Equal Electrical Opportunity Commission (EEOC) as discriminatory.

EEOC spokesperson, Bruce Gweemser, said use of the term is considered derogatory because it attributes either negative or positive characteristicsof such signals to a particular color. "If the connotation is negative," he explained, "then Americans of the light-skinned persuasion may be offended.  On the other hand, if the connotation is positive, Americans of other darker varieties of skin shading may take offense."

Gweemser said that the EEOC strongly recommends the abandonment of the term "white noise" and replacement with another, more descriptive one. "Perhaps 'electrical-American noise' might be more appropriate," Gweemser suggested.

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