a war on reason

One of the things that occurred to me the other night is how we’ve not gone into some of the more contentious issues around the perversion of language – this may be a way of “escalating” our rhetoric in the piece (see this blog: http://unspeak.net/). The use of phrases like War on Terror – can we have, say, a War on Anxiety? Or a War on Complacency? What would be the weapons in those wars?


Blogger Elizabeth said...

you're very right... interesting as i just picked up a book on the social history of panic disorders - and, as one might imagine, a lot of that has to do with language...

3:58 p.m.  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

oh yeah - and the pope's latest apology "I didn't intend to offend any Muslims"... great example of the word as weapon and the hasty de-responsibilization.."it's not my fault you were upset by what i said!" I think if we go this route we need those non-apology apologies (it's all a script anyway"

4:02 p.m.  

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