What Orwell Didn't Know Propaganda and the New Face of American Politics

ISBN-10: 1586485601
ISBN-13: 9781586485603
Edition: 2007
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Description: Manipulation. Bias. Spin. Dishonesty. Half a century after George Orwell's death and six decades after his classic essay, "Politics and the English Language"-in which he tied the corrosion of language to the corruption of politics-American public  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 11/6/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Manipulation. Bias. Spin. Dishonesty. Half a century after George Orwell's death and six decades after his classic essay, "Politics and the English Language"-in which he tied the corrosion of language to the corruption of politics-American public life is riddled with the symptoms of obfuscation and doublespeak Orwell so vividly diagnosed. A Big Brother-style dystopia has not come to pass, but tools are available to spinmeisters and image-makers that allow them to detach politics from reality on a daily basis.

Orville Schell, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley, is the author of "Mandate of Heaven", "Discos & Democracy", "The China Reader", & twelve other books. His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, & Newsweek, among others. He lives with his wife & children in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Editor's Note
Introduction: Follies of Orthodoxy
Language and Politics
Orwell Then and Now
The Limits of Language
Words in a Time of War: On Rhetoric, Truth, and Power
An Egregious Collocation of Vocables
Freedom, Liberty, and Rights: Three Cautionary Tales
Sloppiness and the English Language
Symbols and Battlegrounds
What Orwell Didn't Know About the Brain, the Mind, and Language
The New Frontier: The Instruments of Emotion
Stellar Spin
Bad Knowledge
Black and White, or Gray: A Polish Conundrum
After the Falwellians
Media and Message
Welcome to the Infotainment Freak Show
Neither Snow, Nor Rain, Nor Heat, Nor Gloom of Night Will Stay the Couriers from the Swift Completion of Their Appointed Rounds-but What About Big Media?
Reporters and Rhetoric
Lessons from the War Zone
Our Own Thought Police
Epilogue: What I Didn't Know: Open Society Reconsidered
Politics and the English Language
Notes
Author Biographies

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