How Words Become Weapons, How Weapons Become a Message, and How That Message Becomes Reality

Author: Steven Poole

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 1555848729

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

View: 4642

What do the phrases “pro-life,” “intelligent design,” and “the war on terror” have in common? Each of them is a name for something that smuggles in a highly charged political opinion. Words and phrases that function in this special way go by many names. Some writers call them “evaluative-descriptive terms.” Others talk of “terministic screens” or discuss the way debates are “framed.” Author Steven Poole calls them Unspeak. Unspeak represents an attempt by politicians, interest groups, and business corporations to say something without saying it, without getting into an argument and so having to justify itself. At the same time, it tries to unspeak — in the sense of erasing or silencing — any possible opposing point of view by laying a claim right at the start to only one way of looking at a problem. Recalling the vocabulary of George Orwell’s 1984, as an Unspeak phrase becomes a widely used term of public debate, it saturates the mind with one viewpoint while simultaneously makes an opposing view ever more difficult to enunciate. In this fascinating book, Poole traces modern Unspeak and reveals how the evolution of language changes the way we think.

The Unspeak Poems and Other Verses

Author: Tim Thorne

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781877010439

Category: Poetry

Page: 108

View: 3939

'The Unspeak Poems and other verses' is Tim Thorne's fourteenth collection of poetry. His writing career has stretched over half a century, during which time he has worked as a poet in schools, universities, trade unions, industry associations, prisons and art galleries in places as diverse as Darwin, Liverpool and Prince Edward Island. He was a national finalist in the Poetry Slam in 2009 and 2010. Thorne was awarded the Stanford Writing Scholarship, 1971, New Poetry Award, 1973, Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship for poetry, 1978, the Gleebooks Poetry Sprint, 1995, the Launceston Poetry Cup, 2006 & 2008, the William Baylebridge award, 2007; and the Christopher Brennan Award, 2012. He has also received support from the Australia Council, Arts Tasmania and the Eleanor Dark Foundation. He was born in Launceston Tasmania, where he lives with his wife, Stephanie.

Systems Out of Balance

How Misinformation Hurts the Middle Class

Author: Kirk D. Sinclair

Publisher: Hillcrest Publishing Group

ISBN: 1934937916

Category: Social Science

Page: 564

View: 7753

Between the relative economic stability of the sixties and our troubled times now, the American Dream has become more Dream than American. Our economy is based on greed instead of merit. Our political system eschews wisdom for authoritarianism. Our cultural system promotes idolatry over harmony. We, the middle class, could blame this shift on recent events, but the reality is that the corruption of our economic, political, and cultural systems is far more insidious and deeply ingrained than we are led to believe. These trusted systems have become unbalanced. We have been active -- if not conscious -- participants of this decline, and we must now wake up. If the Iraq War and the market crisis of 2008 have taught us nothing else, we must learn the importance of recognizing when we are being misinformed. We must learn to think critically, sifting through the information that bombards us daily and separating fact from misinformation. Kirk D. Sinclair, PHD, approaches these complex and initially overwhelming concepts with the clear and thoughtful mind of a scientist. He scrutinizes, untangles, and exposes the issues, banishing doublespeak designed to make us complicit and encouraging us to step up and take responsibility for the systems that so dominate our lives. With this collection of intelligent, comprehensive essays, Sinclair has broken down the problems many of us did not even know we had. "Systems Out of Balance: How Misinformation Hurts the Middle Class" will arm you with valuable knowledge and an increased understanding of our social systems, how they affect our lives, and what you can do to restore the balance. The time to truly exercise our liberty is now.

Strategic Silence

Public Relations and Indirect Communication

Author: Roumen Dimitrov

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317329295

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 242

View: 1370

Mainstream public relations overvalues noise, sound and voice in public communication. But how can we explain that while practitioners use silence on a daily basis, academics have widely remained quiet on the subject? Why is silence habitually famed as inherently bad and unethical? Silence is neither separate from nor the opposite of communication. The inclusion of silence on a par with speech and non-verbal means is a vital element of any communication strategy; it opens it up for a new, complex and more reflective understanding of strategic silence as indirect communication. Drawing on a number of disciplines that see in silence what public relations academics have not yet, this book reveals forms of silence to inform public relations solutions in practice and theory. How do we manage silence? How can strategic silence increase the capacity of public relations as a change agent? Using a format of multiple short chapters and practice examples, this is the first book that discusses the concept of strategic silence, and its consequences for PR theory and practice. Applying silence to communication cases and issues in global societies, it will be of interest to scholars and researchers in public relations, strategic communications and communication studies.

Refugee Women, Representation and Education

Creating a Discourse of Self-authorship and Potential

Author: Melinda McPherson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134099754

Category: Education

Page: 230

View: 8250

Even with increased attention to refugee women’s issues in the late 20th century, post-colonial discourses have nurtured limiting representations of refugee women, predominantly as subjects of charity and as victims. Adding to a growing body of work in the field, the author challenges this preconception by offering an opportunity for women’s voices to shape and influence policy, especially as it pertains to the role of education in the authoring of their own lives. In this volume, Melinda McPherson centres refugee women’s voices in the educational policy debate. Drawing on interviews with a group of refugee women in Melbourne, she explores purposes of education, and asks what kind of society these women imagine for themselves and for others. Their critical reflections, personal experiences and diverse backgrounds offer a contrasting picture to that privileged in ordinary policy debate. The women require support, resources, and guidance; but they are agents in their own lives who bring strength, thought, and imagination to crafting their own destinies in a new country. Education is a pivotal tool in exercising that agency. Throughout the book, discussions centre on why education matters to refugee women, focusing upon the integral links between education, civil society, and successful settlement, and conversely on the negative impacts of exclusionary practices. Representation and participation in education is a topic of critical social justice concern, and as such, the book will form important reading for academics, students, policy makers, and community development researchers.

Ethics and War in the 21st Century

Author: Christopher Coker,Reader in the Department of International Relations Christopher Coker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134054645

Category: History

Page: 216

View: 449

This book explores the ethical implications of war in the contemporary world. The author, a leading theorist of warfare, explains why it is of crucial importance that Western countries should continue to apply traditional ethical rules and practices in war, even when engaging with international terrorist groups. The book uses the work of the late American philosopher Richard Rorty to explain the need to make ethical rules central to the conduct of military operations. Arguing that the question of ethics was re-opened by the ‘War on Terror’, the book then examines America’s post-9/11 redefinition of its own prevailing discourse of war. It ends with a discussion of other key challenges to the ethics of war, such as the rise of private security companies and the use of robots in war. In exploring these issues, this book seeks to place ethics at the centre of debates about the conduct of future warfare. This book will be of great interest to all students of military ethics, war studies, military history and strategic studies in general, and to military colleges in particular.

Management Communication

Communicative Ethics and Action

Author: Thomas Klikauer

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230583237

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 332

View: 5502

As managerial work regimes move continuously towards post-industrialism, forms of communication change with it and work relationships are increasingly becoming communicative relationships. This book seeks to end communicative distortions by establishing a new model of communication that will set up practical and workable communication forums.

The Merchant Emperor

Author: Elizabeth Haydon

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 1429943971

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 3453

The long awaited seventh book in Elizabeth Haydon's critically-acclaimed epic fantasy series, the Symphony of Ages. The war that they had feared is now upon them. Ashe and Rhapsody, leaders of the Cymrian Alliance, are gathering their allies to combat the machinations of Talquist, who will soon be crowned emperor of Sorbold. Gwydion Navarne remains by Ashe's side. Anborn, Lord Marshal, has taken to the field. And Rhapsody has been forced into hiding to protect the life of her infant son. The Merchant Emperor of Sorbold has unintentionally allied himself with a pair of demons and has begun targeting the dragons that remain on the Middle Continent. Talquist will stop at nothing until the Cymrians are wiped out and the entire continent and the rest of the Known World is under his rule. Assailed by danger from all sides, surrounded by lies and intrigue, Rhapsody is left with one undeniable truth: if their forces are to prevail, she must join the war herself, wielding the Daystar Clarion, an ancient weapon whose power is nearly unparalleled. As she struggles to reconcile her duties as a mother and ruler, a danger far more devastating than Talquist is stirring beneath the surface of the land itself. In The Merchant Emperor, beloved characters are forced to make soul shattering sacrifices. Bestselling author Elizabeth Haydon has delivered a breathtaking seventh installment to the Symphony of Ages. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Arts, Modern

Page: N.A

View: 1192

Where Music Helps: Community Music Therapy in Action and Reflection

Author: Cochavit Elefant,Mercédès Pavlicevic,Dr Gary Ansdell,Professor Brynjulf Stige

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1472416961

Category: Music

Page: 364

View: 1849

This book explores how people may use music in ways that are helpful for them, especially in relation to a sense of wellbeing, belonging and participation. The central premise for the study is that help is not a decontextualized effect that music produces. The book contributes to the current discourse on music, culture and society and it is developed in dialogue with related areas of study, such as music sociology, ethnomusicology, community psychology and health promotion. Where Music Helps describes the emerging movement that has been labelled Community Music Therapy, and it presents ethnographically informed case studies of eight music projects (localized in England, Israel, Norway, and South Africa). The various chapters of the book portray "music's help" in action within a broad range of contexts; with individuals, groups and communities – all of whom have been challenged by illness or disability, social and cultural disadvantage or injustice. Music and musicing has helped these people find their voice (literally and metaphorically); to be welcomed and to welcome, to be accepted and to accept, to be together in different and better ways, to project alternative messages about themselves or their community and to connect with others beyond their immediate environment. The overriding theme that is explored is how music comes to afford things in concert with its environments, which may suggest a way of accounting for the role of music in music therapy without reducing music to a secondary role in relation to the "therapeutic," that is, being "just" a symbol of psychological states, a stimulus, or a text reflecting socio-cultural content.

Dictionary of the English Language, in Miniature

To which are Added an Alphabetical Account of the Heathen Deities, and a Chronological Table of Remarkable Events, Discoveries, and Inventions

Author: Samuel Johnson

Publisher: N.A



Page: N.A

View: 1922

New Statesman

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Social sciences

Page: N.A

View: 6827

Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington

Understanding Political Doublespeak Through Philosophy and Jokes

Author: Thomas Cathcart,Daniel Klein

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams


Category: Humor

Page: 196

View: 2163

Uses jokes, cartoons, and philosophy to expose what politicians really mean, analyzing quotations from everyone from Condoleeza Rice to Al Sharpton.

Black female playwrights

an anthology of plays before 1950

Author: Kathy A. Perkins

Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr


Category: Drama

Page: 288

View: 1950

Alphabet of the World

Selected Works

Author: Eugenio Montejo

Publisher: N.A


Category: Poetry

Page: 235

View: 7363

Eugenio Montejo was one of the most significant Latin American poets and essayists of the past half century. Montejo (who died in 2008) was awarded both the National Prize for Literature in his native Venezuela and the prestigious Octavio Paz International Poetry and Essay Prize. This long-overdue volume offers selections from all ten of Montejo's books of poetry, as well as a handful of exemplary prose works. All of the selections are presented here in the original Spanish, with translations in English by Kirk Nesset, a prize-winning American writer and poet. Alphabet of the World reveals Montejo's themes and stylistic range as it charts his formal and emotional trajectory. The poems offer meditations on the subject of time, on the immutability of spirit, on eros and birth, and on the role of language in all things human. The book also includes excerpts from Montejo's Notebook of Blas Coll and Guitar of the Horizon, and three complete essays selected specifically for the insight and depth they lend to his work in both genres. The book's introduction situates and appraises Montejo's achievement, exploring the corpus comprehensively. Alphabet of the World marks a major stride toward winning Montejo the English-speaking recognition he deserves.

Johnsons̓ Dictionary of the English Language, in Miniature

To which are Added, an Alphabetical Account of the Heathen Deities, and a Copious Chronological Table of Remarkable Events, Discoveries and Inventions

Author: Samuel Johnson,Rev. Joseph Hamilton

Publisher: N.A


Category: English language

Page: 276

View: 7898