Episode 5 Syllabus
Lecture 5 examines how language is used to create ‘reality’ within paradigms, thereby giving speakers the ability to assert and maintain ontological control over societies. The linguistics behind Obama’s ‘the economic crisis was caused by mistake’ narrative, as well as the data behind how he convinced much of the population to support the Affordable Care Act will be presented, along with Obama’s introduction of the ideology of neo-progressivism, in which the progress of the oligarchy is represented as the progress of the general population. This is an ideology defined by false hope. Working in relation to the idea that language has a frequency, we will examine Obama’s linguistic materialization of the American dream, as well as the method by which argumentation-based language structures can be used to create complex false realities. By isolating patterns within argumentation it becomes possible to illustrate how argument trajectories are designed – over time and in relation to one another – to purposefully deceive audiences.
The ‘America’s Political Paradigm Shift’ Study, Chapter 7.
Katz, L. F. & Krueger, A. B. ‘The Rise and Nature of Alternative Work Arrangements in the United States, 1995-2015’. Working Paper #603, Princeton University.
Porter, M. E., Rivkin, J. W., Desai, M. A. & Raman, M. ‘Problems unsolved and a nation divided’. Harvard Business School. September 2016.