Thought terminating cliches?
You know, like the ones that Americans hear weekly from Rush Limbaugh and Fox News.
“The language of the totalist environment is characterized by the thought-terminating cliché. The most far-reaching and complex of human problems are compressed into brief, highly reductive, definitive-sounding phrases, easily memorized and easily expressed. These become the start and finish of any ideological analysis.”
Here are two examples of thought terminating cliches:
- Global warming is just a way for liberals to get us all driving small cars.
- Swine flu is being hyped by liberals to promote international cooperation and so chip away at the sovereignty of the United States.
Thought terminating cliches are especially suitable for compressed communication mediums like Twitter.