Purely from a linguistic point of view, I’m interested in how language is used by different groups in bids for power. Media and politics are the usual battlegrounds here, and, as a kind of followup on my previous post, I came across historian Juan Cole’s views on the use of a more recent trendy word; appeasement.
And today, I found this:
Night Owl’s Appeasing Republicans gives a brief outline of exactly who the prominent American “appeasers” were in Hitler’s day (hint: They weren’t Democrats).
Now, I don’t want to get into politics here, but I do find this interesting. Also, the Internet makes it possible to investigate for oneself and check facts rather quickly.
And apparently, the next word on the list is fascism. This use of language, rhetoric and propaganda really make a powerful and urgent case for education as developing the bullshit-spotting instinct, as well as a memory for history. And here’s someone else who seems to think so, too.