Tuesday, January 26, 2010

frankly speaking

Setting aside for a moment the exploration of my so-called personhood here, I feel compelled to post the following, as I believe it tells us something significant about our cultural paradigm:

Main Entry: 1fran·chise
Pronunciation: \ˈfran-ˌchīz\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from franchir to free, from franc free — more at frank
Date: 14th century

1 : freedom or immunity from some burden or restriction vested in a person or group
2 a : a special privilege granted to an individual or group; especially : the right to be and exercise the powers of a corporation b : a constitutional or statutory right or privilege; especially : the right to vote c (1) : the right or license granted to an individual or group to market a company's goods or services in a particular territory; also : a business granted such a right or license (2) : the territory involved in such a right
3 a : the right of membership in a professional sports league b : a team and its operating organization having such membership

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