Uwe Poerksen Plastic Words

Lesson 8: Truth and the Crisis in Language (Part 2)

Lesson 8: Truth and the Crisis in Language (Part 2)

In the last lesson, I suggested the crisis in language that has led to our present inability to separate what is true and false in public conversation might have first been observed in Orwell’s political newspeak and Ellul’s technological commonplaces. I think the crisis deepened with what Uwe Poerksen (1995) labeled “plastic words.” These are […]

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