words or phrases, written or spoken, that have originated within aparticular social context. In this case, a sociopolitical context, or, asBakhtin would call it: a sociopolitical speech genre. These are powerful,socially and politically created
words (and situations!) that we’ve inheritedfrom those who’ve preceded us
; words that are intended to be persuasive.
(Political speech, especially when it’s a combination of words and images,
is always propagandistic.)
Sociopolitical speech is almost, by definition, polarized.There are two
sides to every debate and every story . . . polar extremes are to be expected.Even violent ones.
War is violent,by definition.
The warmongering and the fearmongering continue, unabated, in America . . . the Muslim fanatics are (supposedly) out to get us, you know.
I was accused of having been brainwashed recently, which is odd . . .
hat I haven’t watched television news in many years. If I were
to sit in front of the television set every night and watch, oh, say, Fox News
perhaps, then one might say, accurately, that I may be allowing myself to become influenced by the media, or brainwashed, by Fox News. But
considering that I never watch television, how can one say I’m being
brainwashed? I do watch Alex Jones occasionally, but Alex has been
around for years . . . and so have I.
I’m quite capable of discerning truth from error concerning Alex Jones.I would say that Jones is 98% correct, and it’s encouraging
just to know that
he’s out there . . . even if h
is broadcast is only three hours a day, fivedays a week, and two hours on Sunday
. Compared to Fox News’ 24/7/365
influence, Jones is a piker when it comes to being able to influenceanyone; let alone brainwash someone. Brainwashing would require thatsomeone have 24/7/365 access to every home in America . . . sort of likeFox News has . . .Hmmm . . .
ly a Liberal; and as anyone who has ever taken the time to read
my writings knows I’m a Libertarian
Christian moral convictions. And t
here’s a BIG difference.