By Don Watson
Half diatribe, half cool mirrored image at the nation of Australia's public language, Don Watson's dying Sentence is scathing, humorous and brilliant.
‘ ... in public lifestyles the language hasn't ever been held in much less regard. It withers within the dungeons of the technocratic brain. it really is butchered by means of the media. In politics it lacks all skills for the most game.'
Almost sixty years in the past, George Orwell defined the decay of language and why this threatened democratic society. yet in comparison to what we now undergo, the general public language of Orwell's day brimmed with lifestyles and fact. Today's organizations, executive departments, information media, and, maybe such a lot dangerously, politicians – communicate to one another and to us in cliched, impenetrable, dead sludge.
Don Watson can undergo it now not. In demise Sentence, half diatribe, half cool mirrored image at the country of Australia's public language, he's taking a blowtorch to the phrases – and their clients – who kill pleasure, mind's eye and readability. Scathing, humorous and great, dying Sentence is a small e-book of profound weight – and timeliness. -
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