Professor Wu, over at Nothing in the Rule Book has gotten under my skin a bit with this post, which I think very pertinent. I found myself needing to write in response, so I’ll follow with another Poem-a-day piece brought about by this reading.
I hope you enjoy it. NIRB is a thought provoking site.
We live in a time when language is deliberately misused and manipulated – frequently for malicious purposes – to serve and support those in power. This is a time of ‘alt-facts’, an Orwellian landscape in which language is a tool of deception and demagoguery.
The cries against this state of affairs are often silenced or minimised precisely because there is a lack of available tools to articulate an effective challenge. Beyond the obvious decline of trade unions and collective action, there is also a lack of control over language itself; we are unable to change the terms of argument because we are not in control of the narrative or discourse in which we find ourselves.
The reason for this is two-fold.
Firstly, the mainstream media is controlled by elite corporate power – 6 corporations own 90% of the media in the USA, and just 3 corporations control 70% of the…
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