Unspeak
Words Are Weapons
(Hardcover)

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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 name 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 thought-provoking and important 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.

AuthorSteven Poole
BindingHardcover
EAN9780316731003
ISBN0316731005
Height830 mm
Length550 mm
Width125 mm
LanguageEnglish
Language TypePublished
Number Of Pages288
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2006-02-16
PublisherLittle, Brown Book Group
StudioLittle, Brown Book Group
Sales Rank586743

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