“Hussain, a former Morrisons security guard from High Wycombe, Bucks, had also told militants to beat up and rob drunken revellers out celebrating in the run-up to Christmas so that they could buy knives.” When Hussain was a Morrisons security guard, did anyone at Morrisons or anywhere else try to determine whether or not he […]
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Good ol’ clichés. Well, maybe not so good. Lack of originality!
Aside from being both unoriginal and boring, clichés can be thought-terminating:
In his 1961 book Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of “Brainwashing” in China psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton introduced the term “thought-terminating cliché”. This refers to a cliché that is a commonly used phrase, or folk wisdom, sometimes used to quell cognitive dissonance. Though the clichéd phrase in and of itself may be valid in certain contexts, its application as a means of dismissing dissent or justifying fallacious logic is what makes it thought-terminating.
“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.”
In George Orwell‘s 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the fictional constructed language Newspeak is designed to eliminate the ability to express unorthodox thoughts.Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World society uses thought-terminating clichés in a more conventional manner, most notably in regard to the drug soma as well as modified versions of real-life platitudes, such as “A doctor a day keeps the jim-jams away”.
In her 1963 book Eichmann in Jerusalem, Hannah Arendt described Adolf Eichmann as an intelligent man who used clichés and platitudes to justify his actions and the role he played in the Jewish genocide of World War II. For her, these phrases are symptomatic of an absence of thought. Arendt wrote, “When confronted with situations for which such routine procedures did not exist, he [Eichmann] was helpless, and his cliché-ridden language produced on the stand, as it had evidently done in his official life, a kind of macabre comedy. Clichés, stock phrases, adherence to conventional, standardized codes of expression and conduct have the socially recognized function of protecting us against reality, that is, against the claim on our thinking attention that all events and facts make by virtue of their existence.”
A few irksome clichés from recent television broadcasts:
(1) “at the end of the day”
(2) “oh, and by the way”
(3) “shared values”
(4) “going forward”
(5) “We need to have a conversation about….”
What other clichés permeate the conversation today?
What an awful human being this turd is. Here we have a woman married to a respectable Democrat who exercised her right to vote for the candidate of her choice, and we have this sniveling moron attacking her. Sen. Chuck … Continued
Liberal MP Majid Jowhari has been lobbying the Canadian government to reopen embassies in Ottawa and Iran. In fact, Jowhari went so far as to sponsor a petition months ago with over 5,600 names, to re-establish diplomatic ties with Iran. Recently Islamic supremacists have been expanding their incursions into Canada via political petitions. Take for […]
Subscribe to the Glazov Gang‘s YouTube Channel. This special edition of The Glazov Gang was joined by Sandra Solomon, an ex-Muslim who grew up in Saudi Arabia who is now valiantly fighting against the Islamization of the West — and of her new home country of Canada in particular. (Support Sandra on her Facebook Page […]
Not so fast, there are strict rules in Islam for using emoticons, many of which are ‘haram’ (forbidden), according to Hate Preacher Wajdi Akkari: Another “scholar” says it’s OK for Muslims to use emoticons, but ONLY with persons of the same gender. How about these? They symbolize Islam, are gender neutral, not sexually explicit, and likely […]
BNI Readers, you will like this guy. h/t The Iconoclast
No, seriously, keep wearing it. On #MuslimWomensDay, these women are empowering themselves and fighting back against Islamophobia. pic.twitter.com/Y5NXaTHjZi — Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) March 27, 2017
These two far-left bimbos actually think that creating Islamic headbag accessories for Barbie dolls will teach young girls about inclusivity and acceptance, when in fact, the headbag is the leading symbol of male oppression of Muslim women…which many Muslim women come to the West to escape. I notice these two shameless idiots are not wearing the […]
There’s a new sheriff in town with a tight hold on the purse strings that he can and will use to cut off the billions of taxpayer dollars the UN has taken for granted all these years, with its relentless bullying of the tiny state of Israel while giving the biggest human rights violators, the […]