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

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Propaganda. Manipulation. Spin. Control. It has ever been thus—or has it? On the eve of the 60th anniversary of George Orwell's classic essay on propaganda (Politics and the English Language), writers have been invited to explore what Orwell didn't—or couldn't—know. Their responses, framed in pithy, focused essays, range far and wide: from the effect of television and computing, to the vast expansion of knowledge about how our brains respond to symbolic messages, to the merger of journalism and entertainment, to...
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Propaganda. Manipulation. Spin. Control. It has ever been thus—or has it? On the eve of the 60th anniversary of George Orwell's classic essay on propaganda (Politics and the English Language), writers have been invited to explore what Orwell didn't—or couldn't—know. Their responses, framed in pithy, focused essays, range far and wide: from the effect of television and computing, to the vast expansion of knowledge about how our brains respond to symbolic messages, to the merger of journalism and entertainment, to lessons learned during and after a half-century of totalitarianism. Together, they paint a portrait of a political culture in which propaganda and mind control are alive and well (albeit in forms and places that would have surprised Orwell). The pieces in this anthology sound alarm bells about the manipulation and misinformation in today's politics, and offer guideposts for a journalism attuned to Orwellian tendencies in the 21st century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586485603
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Series: PublicAffairs Reports
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 584,256
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 5.48 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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Table of Contents


Editor's Note   Andras Szanto     ix
Introduction: Follies of Orthodoxy   Orville Schell     xvii
Language and Politics
Orwell Then and Now   David Rieff     3
The Limits of Language   Nicholas Lemann     9
Words in a Time of War: On Rhetoric, Truth, and Power   Mark Danner     16
An Egregious Collocation of Vocables   Patricia J. Williams     37
Freedom, Liberty, and Rights: Three Cautionary Tales   Aryeh Neier     49
Sloppiness and the English Language   Francine Prose     57
Symbols and Battlegrounds
What Orwell Didn't Know About the Brain, the Mind, and Language   George Lakoff     67
The New Frontier: The Instruments of Emotion   Drew Westen     75
Stellar Spin   Frances FitzGerald     87
Bad Knowledge   Alice O'Connor     97
Black and White, or Gray: A Polish Conundrum   Konstanty Gebert     110
After the Falwellians   Susan Harding     122
Media and Message
Welcome to the Infotainment Freak Show   Martin Kaplan     137
Neither Snow, Nor Rain, Nor Heat, Nor Gloom of Night Will Stay the Couriers from the Swift Completion of Their AppointedRounds-but What About Big Media?   Victor Navasky     147
Reporters and Rhetoric   Geoffrey Cowan     158
Lessons from the War Zone   Farnaz Fassihi     166
Our Own Thought Police   Michael Massing     174
Epilogue: What I Didn't Know: Open Society Reconsidered   George Soros     187
Politics and the English Language   George Orwell     205
Notes     223
Author Biographies     231
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