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Gibberish Is the White House's New Normal - Todd Gitlin

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'Once upon a time, there were presidents for whom English seemed their native language. That was then. Now we have a president who, when he speaks, spatters the air with unfinished chunks, many of which do not qualify as sentences, and which do not follow from previous chunks. Trump does not release words into a stream of consciousness but into a heap. He heaps words on top of words, to overwhelm meaning with vague gestures. He does not think, he lurches. His operating theory is that he makes things so, because he is powerful. His power is such that he is not subject to laws of ordinary grammar. He disdains not only evidence but logic. He asserts by indirection.  It makes a sort of sense only if you’re trapped in the bubble with him. We are expected to live in an alternative universe which is not only post-truth but altogether post-language and post-meaning'

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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