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Written By: Robin Lakoff on September 17, 2012 No Comment

The world of the early twenty-first century is one divided by factionalism and suspicion, and connected by new channels of communication that are uneditable, instantaneous, and anonymous. Therefore the most important thing a modern president must know in order to be effective is how to use language,  both interpretively and actively, both domestically and globally. […]

Written By: Robin Lakoff on August 14, 2009 3 Comments
Cutting to the Chase

Since we live in a hurry-up culture, it’s not surprising that we like to find ways to speed up communication – or at least appear to be doing so. But linguistic shortcuts are not an altogether new thing. Some have been around for centuries (at least.), though one seems to me to be, if not […]

Written By: Robin Lakoff on July 22, 2009 4 Comments

Recently I have encountered several analyses of Sarah Palin’s speeches as “found” poetry. One example comes from a wonderful piece by John Lundberg in the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-lundberg/sarah-palin-the-anti-poet_b_237935.html):

Look at how she turns a simple statement into a mind-numbing puzzle (this is from Hart Seely’s terrific collection of found poems taken from actual Sarah Palin […]

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