Thursday, September 04, 2008

Political dishonesty and what the word government means

I learned two things in school today:

My writing composition teacher who works as an editor for a news paper told me that when journalists write and politicians talk they always speak with the tone that what they are saying is true.

They can't say "appears" "assume" "seems" "maybe" "we guess" "we believe" "we hope".

It is against the rules

At the same time I'm in political behaviors class which concerns research, which says that when it comes to politics there is no actual total concrete truth.

Therefore when a politician or journalist speaks in total this is fact sentences they are always being slightly dishonest.

It made me think of blogs and and youtube:

People are always like, "seems" "appears" etc on those outlets.

I like that:

I think that is why people like blogs and youtube political commentary because the people on it aren't running around like jesus.

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The meaning of the word "government"

My politics books gives this definition: The set of individuals and political institutions that has, or makes the claim to have, the de jure authority to make the rules that resolve conflict.

This definition is fucked up to me

I thought the job of government was to be an institution of administration that is concerned with things that involve the public. It provides products that are not individual in nature and require more money to produce than a single company can provide.

Like roads, schools, jails, fire stations, sewage systems, etc.

What I mean by 'individual' is: like socks and shoes can be unique and individual. But a fire station we hope all do the same job, of putting out the fire.

I don't understand this conflict thing at all:

There have been many periods in history where cultures and geographical areas had governments and no conflict for over a hundred years.

10 comments:

Susana Mai said...

I hate it when politicians do that. especially since half the time they act superior to seem right for the country, and the other half of the time they act compassionate to seem populist.

This sounds like an unfair parent to me. Sometimes you are wrong. Sometimes you do not understand me.

Sabra Embury said...

Watch this: http://www.comedycentral.com/videos/index.jhtml?videoId=184086

It's great.

Anonymous said...

Both of the conventions strike me as low-rent Nurembergs. I keep waiting for everyone to point to the sky, for the networks to cut to a shot of Air Force One zipping across the night sky. The words coming out of the mouths of the people speaking are empty, stripped of meaning anything other than what they mean. McCain-Palin is going to win because this country likes nothing more than an entertaining story, and Palin's beats Obama hands down. Nothing is going to change because nothing ever does. It's the illusion of change that is more important. I just finished reading The Human War and I look forward to reading more of your books.

mi said...

i wonder if jesus ever 'ran'

Kofi said...

Your comment on "seems" and "appears" applies to academic papers too. I mentioned to someone I was tutoring once that the worst verb to use on most papers is, well, "is" -- because you're always trying to avoid making or holding a concrete stance. Papers are much more effective when they expose loopholes and paradoxes in thought.

Sort of the way you just did.

Anonymous said...

I teach First-Year English at a major university in the south. I want to teach Noah Cicero texts. Tell that to your Comp. Instructor.

"You teach comp, I'm TAUGHT in comp..."

BAM!

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