About twenty years ago, when any article about Apple (then Apple Computer) referred to the company as "beleaguered," I was an active member in a users' organization known as the Los Angeles Macintosh Group. I wrote some articles for LAMG's journal, I attended their meetings, and I participated on the forums on their internet site. Note that I didn't call it a "website" because it wasn't part of the now ubiquitous World Wide Web which was still growing and was not dominant at that time. Most people today think of the internet and the World Wide Web as the same thing, but actually, the Web simply uses the internet as a means of interconnecting millions of sites. Back then there were different
In the blog Gleamings from the Dawn, Morgan Drake Eckstein seems surprised to hear that on another blog, a person wrote that you shouldn't use the term "cult" to describe "Golden Dawn groups." Eckstein writes, "If we cannot use the word 'cult,' especially in its technical sense, then what word are we supposed to use?"
Using a simple term to describe an organization (or individual) is a great advantage. After all, rather than give a list of characteristics, I can simply use that term, a label, and not have to describe all of the qualities I like or dislike.
The problem, however, is that your definition of the label may not be the same as my definition. Let's use this highly charged