Monday, July 10, 2006

'Talking Right': Why the Left Is Losing, Linguistically

"In his new book, Talking Right, linguist Geoff Nunberg examines the parlance of the American political right. Conservatives, Nunberg notes, have been remarkably effective at creating a language through which to convey their agenda. The subtitle of his book illustrates what he's getting at: 'How Conservatives Turned Liberalism into a Tax-Raising, Latte-Drinking, Sushi-Eating, Volvo-Driving, New York Times-Reading, Body-Piercing, Hollywood-Loving, Left-Wing Freak Show.'"

Intriguing thesis. Skillful persuasion or public manipulation? Add high-jacking the language to the conservative Machiavellian success story. I'm surprised any Democrats where even able to recognize the problem at all, even if they can't see the depth of it.

"Together, America can do better."

Thanks for the link jBlog.

(Really, there's a tech connection in there, but you'll have to jump to find it.)


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