george orwell

The Spy Factory

Last night, 2.03.09, the PBS News Hour had a preview of what could be an eye opening report on the National Security Agency that might just answer some of the many questions about what has been going on in the previous administration, and before, and may continue from now on!

The preview was of a show to air tonight, 2.04.09, on PBS NOVA NOVA Examines Spying in Post-9/11 World

This is what was on the News Hour:

"A Star Is Born"?

One small pleasure of mine is careless language. “A canary in a minefield,” “a hard road to hoe,” and “to all intensive purposes” can always make me chuckle, no matter how often I hear them. In addition, I love the dying metaphor, described by George Orwell in “Politics and the English Language”:

A newly invented metaphor assists thought by evoking a visual image, while on the other hand a metaphor which is technically ‘dead’ (e. g. iron resolution) has in effect reverted to being an ordinary word and can generally be used without loss of vividness. But in between these two classes there is a huge dump of worn-out metaphors which have lost all evocative power and are merely used because they save people the trouble of inventing phrases for themselves.

The sloppiness of dying-metaphor use was illustrated yesterday by The New York Times columnist William Kristol in the very title of his op-ed “A Star Is Born."

Taking Back America - A discussion

ePluribus Media Book Reviews editor, Carol White, brings us a review of What Orwell Didn’t Know: Propaganda and the New Face of American Politics -- edited by András Szántó, with an introduction by Orville Schell.

This is an important book considering the political and social future facing every American in the wake of the Bush presidency.

White writes:

Learning the lessons from the failure to defeat Bush in the 2004 election — a campaign that he supported with large donations—he focuses this time on exposing how totalitarian propaganda methods are gaining a foothold in our ostensibly open society.

Read the entire review on the ePluribus Media Journal and then come back here to discuss.