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Semantic Manipulations in Public Discourse

Author(s): Martin Tabakov
Subject(s): Psychology, Logic, Political Philosophy, Social Philosophy, Civil Society, Philosophy of Language, Electoral systems, Crowd Psychology: Mass phenomena and political interactions, Cultural Essay, Corruption - Transparency - Anti-Corruption
Published by: Институтът по философия и социология при БАН
Keywords: semantics; manipulation; the left; the right; Nazi; Turkish slavery; Ottoman rule; corruption; king; Russophile; majority;elections;

Summary/Abstract: The article discusses semantic manipulations in which manipulative suggestions are made using specially selected words. Some of these examples of manipulations have become established and are very hard to refute. The notions of “left-wing” and “right-wing” are mutually related mainly in terms of state intervention in the economy and redistribution. It is not correct to qualify populist, nationalist, xenophobic political parties – or, recently, anti-immigrant parties – as “extreme right”, when there is actually a very small “right-wing” component in them and they are primarily “left-wing”. In referring to the National Socialists as “Nazi”, the word “Socialist” is manipulatively concealed. The article also indicates the semantically incorrect use of phrases such as “Turkish slavery”, “corruption”, “king”, “Russophile”, “majority”, etc.

  • Issue Year: XXVI/2017
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 144-155
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English, Bulgarian