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Quillette -- The Boy Who Inflated the Concept of 'Wolf' by Spencer Case
'...lying is not the only manipulation of language that degrades trust. -- ... We all have the responsibility to be good stewards of the languages we speak. We shape it when we decide to accept or reject new coinages or expressions. -- ... [When] we degrade language [we] make it harder for everyone to communicate. This is analogous to polluting a common resource like the water or air. -- If some way of using a word seems fishy, then take your own reaction seriously and make your concern known. Of course, your linguistic intuitions are no more authoritative than those of any other equally competent speaker. Such disagreement might indicate that a word’s meaning might be unsettled or vague. On the other hand, when the language seems very fishy, and the fishiness of the expression facilitates the speaker’s rhetorical goals, it’s reasonable to suspect sophistry. I’ve given several examples that seem to exhaust the principle of charity in this way. Faced with blatant abuses of language, we should be blunt: Damn your lies, that is no wolf!'
rhetoric  sophistry  language  newspeak  subjectivism 
3 days ago by adamcrowe
Opinion | Abolish Billionaires - The New York Times
By Farhad Manjoo
Opinion Columnist

Feb. 6, 2019

A radical idea is gaining adherents on the left. It’s the perfect way to blunt tech-driven inequality.
Alexandria_Ocasio-Cortez  Anand_Giridharadas  artificial_intelligence  capital_acumulation  digital_economy  Farhad_Manjoo  income_distribution  income_inequality  moguls  network_effects  rhetoric  software  superstars  winner-take-all 
12 days ago by jerryking
Glossary of Stand Up Comedy Terms - Los Angeles, CA
GLOSSARY OF STAND UP COMEDY TERMS Greg Dean's Glossary of Stand Up Comedy Terms gives definitions to comedy slag and Dean's mechanisms of joke structure. To Be
comedy  structure  glossary  rhetoric 
16 days ago by jbkcc
Feasting on Precarity - Los Angeles Review of Books
"Uberland How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work By Alex Rosenblat Published 10.23.2018 University of California Press 296 Pages"
book  review  work  labor  technology  arbitrage  regulation  rhetoric  law 
5 weeks ago by tsuomela
The People vs. Donald J. Trump
Extensive opinion piece comes at a kairotic moment.

> The People vs. Donald J. Trump
> He is demonstrably unfit for office. What are we waiting for?
kairos  politics  trump  rhetoric 
6 weeks ago by mcmorgan

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