Patt Morrison for November 16, 2010

Talk dirty to me: breaking down the messy political language of the midterm election

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Supporters of the Tea Party, including one dressed as a 'Lame Duck,' protest against Democrats and US President Barack Obama during a rally in D.C. in November, 2010.

Are you tired of those Astroturf wing nuts? Let down by the Lame-stream media? Feel unseen by those pushing for Obama-care? Are you frustrated by Islamophobia? Man-up. Great Recession. Tea-Party. Grass Roots. Climate Change and Global Warming. Housekeeper-gate. Aqua Buddha. Shellacking. Calm down, we aren’t talking about the 2012 elections. This last mid-term election, just as much any, included a new vocabulary of terms and talking points. So what was some of the most effective language of this election cycle? Patt sits down with linguist George Lakoff for a teachable moment on political language.

Guest:

George Lakoff, is Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of The Political Mind, Don’t Think of an Elephant, Moral Politics, Whose Freedom, and Thinking Points — as well as many books on the brain, mind, and language.


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