Doublespeak 1bb - • But a word is just a word It is not...

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Doublespeak Be an informed media consumer.
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Doublespeak Words are symbols. Cats are not cats because they are furry animals that purr and catch mice; they are cats only because that is what we choose to call them.
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Doublespeak The word is not the thing. When we confuse the word with the thing, we are engaging in a process called reification . Reification can result in confusion. Or, at worst, it can distort reality.
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Doublespeak One example of confusing the word with the thing is the concept of “bad words.” You may have learned that certain words are “bad,” suggesting that those words are intrinsically evil.
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Unformatted text preview: • But a word is just a word. It is not bad. It is not good. • The meaning of a word and its impact depend on how we use it. Doublespeak For example, consider this simple sentence: I see a black cow. Doublespeak Is this what you imagined? Doublespeak Or this? Doublespeak But this is a black cow, too. Doublespeak As is this. Doublespeak And this. Doublespeak • When language is used to intentionally confuse or mislead, it may be “doublespeak.” • “Doublespeak” is inspired by George Orwell’s novel, 1984 , but the word is not used in the book. Words similar to it are used. End of Part One...
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