Thursday, December 18, 2008

Orderly bankruptcy vs. Disorderly collapse

In this NYTimes article I was struck (as I often am) by the use of language. In this case, it's the antistasis that strikes a chord. Usually the propaganda machine is pretty good at producing distinct difference-- you know, Hope(TM) vs. McSame, or Maverick(TM) vs. Palling Around With Terrorists-- or more significantly, words like insurgent, terrorist, enemy combatant, instead of troops, soldiers, or even something simple like 'fighters' (maybe in fear of any echo of 'freedom'?). But here, the propaganda machine seems as lost as the rest of the country. But here it's just X Bankruptcy vs. Dis-X Collapse. And when you get right down to it, that's not the most inspirational choice of words, any more than it is the most inspirational choice.

O for the days when nothing was an option!

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