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July 28, 2005

Misreadings

I find it interesting and frustrating that only now do more people (U.S. citizens, that is) realize that the "war on terror" hasn't resulted in "mission accomplished." Where was this skepticism back when links between Saddam and 9/11 were scattered around like confetti?

The following links cover the administration's choosing of new choice phrases such as the "global struggle against violent extremism" instead of the "global war on terror." When the language you're using isn't working - to market your product, to advocate your policy - just change it. Reframe the debate, redefine the reality. Black is the new black, extremists are the new terrorists.

Shifting Language: Trading Terrorism for Extremism [NPR]

U.S. Officials Retool Slogan for Terror War [NYT]

Yours, &c., LC | 01:25 PM | Politics , Writing & Language | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

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The world has seen it [too] many times before. It sometimes makes me wanting to think that too many are too incapable of their own language ["How to do things with words", eh?], not to mention a foreign language, and that this is what politics are taking advantage of. What else to expect from a mass that prefers sitcoms/docu soaps/reality soaps/you-name-the-s*** instead of a good reading? This paired with rhetorics makes a wonderful weapon to control the masses [the masses of course will say it's just the usual conspiracy theory madness].

Posted by: mademoiselle a. at July 30, 2005 10:26 AM