Unspeak: Words Are Weapons

Unspeak: Words Are Weapons

Poole, Steven

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Unspeak is language as a weapon. Every day, we are bombarded with those apparently simple words or phrases that actually conceal darker meanings. Climate change is less threatening than Global Warming; we say ethnic cleansing when we mean mass murder. As we absorb and repeat Unspeak we are accepting the messages that politicians, businessmen and military agencies wish us to believe. Operation Iraqi Freedom did more than put a positive spin on the American war with Iraq; it gave the invasion such a likeable phrase that the American news networks quickly adopted it as their tagline for reporting on the war. By repackaging the language we use to describe international affairs or domestic politics, Unspeak tries to make controversial issues unspeakable and, therefore, unquestionable. In this astounding book, Steven Poole traces the globalizing wave of modern Unspeak from culture wars to the culture of war and reveals how everyday words are changing the way we think.

PRODUCT DETAILS :
ISBN : 9780316731003
BY (AUTHOR) Poole, Steven
PUBLISHER : Little, Brown & Company PUBLICATION DATE : February 16, 2006
COUNTRY OF PUBLICATION : United States IMPRINT : Little, Brown & Company
LANGUAGE : English AGE : General
PRODUCT FORM : Hardback
DIMENSION : 206 mm x 136 mm
WEIGHT : 360 g

PRODUCT CATEGORY :
Language & Linguistics