by Datechguy | February 22nd, 2013
I’ve had a lovely evening, this wasn’t it
Words mean things
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”
Lewis Carrol Through the Looking Glass 1871
I really enjoy the humor of language, because of the multiple meanings of so many English words language an excellent source of comedy.
Unfortunately today language, specifically its perversion has become a weapon, not argument btw language. A quick peek at Memeorandum this morning gives the example.
Note the Phrase: “Marriage Equality” Who could be against “Marriage Equality“?
I’ve very pleased to see all of these people arguing for “Marriage Equality” for people of the Islamic faith, after all it’s completely unfair that Muslims who are allowed multiple wives in Africa, the Middle East and Asia are not allowed the same rights here.
And if you argue against such rights, you are “Anti-Muslim” and “Islamiophobic” and it goes without saying if you are part of any organized group against “Marriage Equality” for Muslims then you belong to an “Anti-Muslim Hate Group”
Do you see how it works? There is absolutely no reason a person pushing to repeal bigamy laws could not use the same arguments as above. All it take is to play with the language & violá you’ve got a meme that will associate the people who agree with you associated with words like “equality” and your opponents associated with words like “hate” not only in articles, but in search engines.
The left does this with a lot of words:
“Taxes” are redefined as “investments”
Spending increases are redefined as “cuts”
and the favorite “racist” redefined as disagreeing with anything the Democrat party disagrees.
Sometimes words are not so much re-defined as given a twist. Let’s demonstrate
It is stigmatizing to shoppers who fail to pay for their items as “shop-lifters”. After all the people going into the store are no different that everybody else people going to the store to get the food, clothes and devices that everyone naturally wants. In fact the word “shoplifter” is patently racist and discriminates against the poor since such people are usually from the poorest classes and often of color.
In order to avoid the racism and class discrimination we should avoid the term “shoplifter” and replace it with “unremitting shopper”
And that is the logic used to turn “illegal immigrants” into “undocumented immigrants”.
It’s all marketing, it’s all about selling people a reality different than, well reality. No different that convincing you that Flo is different than the lizard when selling you insurance.
Why does it work? Because of the left’s power in media, particularly the non-news media such as magazines and entertainment allows them to introduce these themes into the general culture movies, TV, magazines and cultural devices. People find themselves indoctrinated into a language and a meme without even knowing it’s happening.
If we are going to prevent the country from going into a self-destructive directly we have to recognize this. In the short terms we need to call out this behavior and help people recognize it.
In the long-term we need influence within those same institutions from woman’s magazines to rap zines to advance our own message to the same disinterested crowd.
[thermometer raised=127 target=300 height =200 ]
We’ve reached Friday and while the thermometer moved a bit a little but I’m still less than half way to that elusive $300 weekly paycheck.
On weeks when I make the goal I’ve pulled the thermometer early after all I’d rather focus on the product and I suspect you dear reader would too.
As we are less than half way there with under 48 hours to go the thermometer will be on every post today. As a wise man once said if you don’t promote yourself nobody is going to do it for you.
So if you think I’ve earned that $300 paycheck this week and you can afford it feel free to hit DaTipJar.
If not, well I’ll keep trying harder.
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