Doublespeak (Rebel Reads) [William Lutz] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Doublespeak is the language of non-responsibility, carefully. William D. Lutz is an American linguist who specializes in the use of plain language and the avoidance of doublespeak (deceptive language). He wrote a. Doublespeak is language that deliberately obscures, disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words. Doublespeak may take.

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William D. Lutz

William Lutz stated that “the doublespeak committee was formed to combat the use of public language by increasing people’s awareness of what is good, clear, solid use of language and what is not.

Jay rated it really liked it May 13, Advertising is used to create the impression of superiority. There is a crucial need for English language teachers to educate and become experts in teaching about linguistic vulnerability.

He served as editor of its second publication, Teaching about Doublespeakwhich carried forward the Committee’s charge to inform teachers of ways of teaching students how to recognize and combat language designed to mislead and misinform. Lutz has served as the third chairman of the Doublespeak Committee since Kevin rated it liked it Jul 26, The National Council of Teachers of English NCTE Committee on Public Doublespeak was formed inin the midst of the Watergate scandal, at a point when there was widespread skepticism about the degree of truth which characterized relationships between the public and the worlds of politics, the military, and business.


Stephen HilgartnerRichard C. Charlotte BaecherConsumers Union The television series Yes Minister is notable for its use of this device. Archived from the original on Marisa rated it did not like it Jul 20, Wwilliam, particularly when exaggerated, can be used as a device in satirical comedy and social commentary to ironically parody political or bureaucratic establishments intent on obfuscation or prevarication.

Aug 20, Jacquie South rated it really liked it. The NCTE has endorsed this pattern as a useful way of teaching students to cope with propaganda from any source.

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Edward Herman’s book Beyond Hypocrisy also includes a doublespeak dictionary of commonly employed media terms and phrases into plain English. Individuals can better cope with organized persuasion by recognizing the common ways whereby communication is intensified or downplayed, so as to counter doublespeak.

Doublespeak is often used to avoid answering questions or to avoid the public’s questions without directly stating that the specific politician is ignoring or rephrasing the question. Teaching about Language in the Marketplace”. Gianina Mei rated it liked it Jul 02, Using the toothpaste industry as an example, Lutz says that, because there is no dramatic difference among the products of the major toothpaste companies today, they are equal.

InLutz received his bachelor’s degree from the Dominican College of Racine which closed its doors in Hermanpolitical economist and media analyst, has highlighted some examples of doublespeak and doublethink in modern society.

Similarly, Herman’s theory of doublespeak having an inherent nature to be manipulative and Chomsky’s theory of “dichotomization” relates directly to the practice of doublespeak and how doublespeak is deliberately deceptive in nature.

Thus, according to Lutz, doublespeak is a form of language that defeats the purpose of inventing language because doublespeak does not communicate the truth but seeks to do the opposite and the doublespeak committee is tasked with correcting this problem that doublespeak has created in the world of language.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Lutz has filled the book with interesting examples such as this, and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

Books by William D. In his essay ” Politics and the English Language “, George Orwell observes that political language serves to distort and obfuscate reality. Doublespeak is the language of non-responsibility, carefully constructed to appear to communicate when it fact it doesn’t.

Doublespeak by William D. Lutz

Disinformation by Ion Mihai Pacepa Dezinformatsia: Willaim Doublespeak, William Lutz does an excellent job of applying the ideas George Orwell set forth in “Politics and the English Language” to our everyday lives.


If you’ve ever wanted to know why clear and direct language is so rare, this book will open your eyes.

Lhtz rated it it was amazing Oct 03, There is thankfully a moral tone to this book, he calls the users of doublespeak liars and What a find this book was, who knew there was a Chair of the Committee on Public Doublespeak? In this seminal book, Lutz articulates that the wklliam of doublespeak is “to distort reality and corrupt thought. One called for the Council to find means to study dishonest and inhumane uses of language and literature by advertisers, to bring offenses to public attention, and to propose classroom techniques for preparing children to cope with commercial propaganda.

Being himself one of the leaders of the Communist Party doublespezk Italyhis theories had, in turn, been strongly influenced by the German social thinker Karl Marxand have their ideological roots grounded in Marxist theory of false consciousness and capitalist exploitation.

He received his masters degree in English from Marquette University in and his doctorate in from the University of Nevada, Reno. Herman and Noam Chomsky The point is that in a To ask other readers questions about Doublespeakplease sign up. Creation of necessary illusions. The NCTE’s publications resonate with George Orwell’s name, and allusions to him abound in statements on doublespeak; for example, the committee quoted Orwell’s remark that “language is often used as an instrument of social control” in Language and Public Policy.

Educating students in the English language is important to help them identify how doublespeak is being used to mislead and conceal information. Edward Sullivan rated it really liked it Jul 28,