DOUBLETALK THE LANGUAGE CODE AND JARGON OF A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

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Doubletalk

Author : Chuck McCutcheon
ISBN : 9781611689532
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The only time most Americans care anything about politics is during the presidential election cycle. This quadrennial flood of posturing and blame, once confined to the July conventions and the November election, has spread like a greasy lake across the landscape and calendar of our politics. From the first exploratory rumblings of the hopefuls sometime after the midterm elections to the tsunami of Super Tuesday, the political language of the presidential election has become a reflecting pool of our polity. Doubletalk casts a warm ray of sunlight on the campaign trail as an add-on to last year's Dog Whistles, Walk-backs, and Washington Handshakes, with over 100 new terms, phrases, and epithets combining wit, humor, truth, and dubious taste and propriety.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Dog Whistles Walk Backs And Washington Handshakes

Author : Chuck McCutcheon
ISBN : 9781611686036
Genre : Political Science
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To the amusement of the pundits and the regret of the electorate, our modern political jargon has become even more brazenly two-faced and obfuscatory than ever. Where once we had Muckrakers, now we have Bed-Wetters. Where Blue Dogs once slept peaceably in the sun, Attack Dogs now roam the land. During election season--a near constant these days--the coded rhetoric of candidates and their spin doctors, and the deliberately meaningless but toxic semiotics of the wing nuts and backbenchers, reach near-Orwellian levels of self-satisfaction, vitriol, and deceit. The average NPR or talk radio listener, MSNBC or Fox News viewer, or blameless New York Times or Wall Street Journal reader is likely to be perplexed, nonplussed, and lulled into a state of apathetic resignation and civic somnolence by the rapid-fire incomprehensibility of political pronouncement and commentary--which is, frankly, putting us exactly where the pundits want us. Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs, and Washington Handshakes is a tonic and a corrective. It is a reference and field guide to the language of politics by two veteran observers that not only defines terms and phrases but also explains their history and etymology, describes who uses them against whom, and why, and reveals the most telling, infamous, amusing, and shocking examples of their recent use. It is a handbook of lexicography for the Wonkette and This Town generation, a sleeker, more modern Safire's Political Dictionary, and a concise, pointed, bipartisan guide to the lies, obfuscations, and helical constructions of modern American political language, as practiced by real-life versions of the characters on House of Cards.
Category: Political Science

Millennial Makeover

Author : Morley Winograd
ISBN : 9780813544663
Genre : Political Science
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This new in paperback edition includes a new afterword written specifically for this volume. Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais review the developments of the 2008 presidential election and demonstrate how the coming of age of a millennial generation and the expansion of a new communication technology produced another realignment, just as these twin forces of change have done throughout U.S. history.
Category: Political Science

The Speechwriter

Author : Barton Swaim
ISBN : 9781476769929
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An intimate and hilarious look inside the spin room of the modern politician: a place where ideals are crushed, English is mangled, people are humiliated, and the opportunity for humor is everywhere. Everyone knows this kind of politician: a charismatic maverick who goes up against the system and its ways, but thinks he doesn't have to live by the rules. Using his experience as a speechwriter, Barton Swaim tells the story of a band of believers who attach themselves to this sort of ambitious narcissist—what makes them invest in these leaders, how these leaders do provide moments of inspiration, and then how they let them down. The Speechwriter is a funny and candid introduction to the world of politics, where press statements are purposefully nonsensical, grammatical errors are intentional, and better copy means more words. Through his three years in the office of a controversial governor, Swaim paints a portrait of a man so principled he'd rather sweat than use state money to pay for air conditioning, so oblivious he'd wear the same stained shirt for two weeks, so egotistical he'd belittle his staffers to make himself feel better, and so self-absorbed he never once apologized to his staff for making his administration the laughing stock of the country. On the surface, this is the story of South Carolina governor Mark Sanford's rise and fall. But in the end, it's an account of the very human staffers who go into politics out of conviction and learn to survive a broken heart.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

White Fragility

Author : Robin DiAngelo
ISBN : 9780807047415
Genre : FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS
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Explores counterproductive reactions white people have when discussing racism that serve to protect their positions and maintain racial inequality.
Category: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS

The Power Of Babble

Author : Norman Solomon
ISBN : UCSC:32106015306894
Genre : Political Science
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A humorous compilation of the buzzwords, soundbites, and doublespeak commonly used by politicians features more than one thousand entries accompanied by definitions, commentary, and examples of usage. Original.
Category: Political Science

List Of Cartoons The Hype About Texting How Weird Is Texting What Is Distinctive About It Why Do They Do It Who Texts What Do They Text About How Do Other Languages Do It Why All The Fuss Glossary Appendix Index

Author : David Crystal
ISBN : 9780199571338
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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A linguistic expert argues that the panic over text messaging is misplaced, looks at every aspect of the phenomenon of text messaging, and considers its effects on literacy, language, and society, in an insightful study.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Nuclear Reactions

Author : Chuck McCutcheon
ISBN : 0826322093
Genre : History
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A journalist and expert in energy and national security issues explores the reaction to New Mexico's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant for disposal of radioactively contaminated items. (Current Affairs)
Category: History

The Disinformation Age

Author : Eric Cheyfitz
ISBN : 9781351839082
Genre : History
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The Disinformation Age, beginning in the present and going back to the American colonial period, constructs an original historical explanation for the current political crisis and the reasons the two major political parties cannot address it effectively. Commentators inside and outside academia have described this crisis with various terms — income inequality, the disappearance of the middle-class, the collapse of the two-party system, and the emergence of a corporate oligarchy. While this book uses such terminology, it uniquely provides a unifying explanation for the current state of the union by analyzing the seismic rupture of political rhetoric from political reality used within discussion of these issues. In advancing this analysis, the book provides a term for this rupture, Disinformation, which it defines not as planned propaganda but as the inevitable failure of the language of American Exceptionalism to correspond to actual history, even as the two major political parties continue to deploy this language. Further, in its final chapter this book provides a way out of this political cul-de-sac, what it terms "the limits of capitalism’s imagination," by "thinking from a different place" that is located in the theory and practice of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas.
Category: History