Tag: political discourse

“Yes, We Can” and the Power of Political Slogans

Adam Hodges , October 21st, 2019


“Hey Joe, instead of saying, No we can’t,” retorted Senator Kamala Harris to Vice-President Joe Biden. “Let’s say, Yes, we can.” With that single line, Harris resurrected an…


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Government Of, By, and For the Trolls

Adam Hodges , December 20th, 2018


Countering Trump begins by recognizing his role as troller-in-chief. The United States and the world have now spent two years trying to figure out how to deal with…


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A Demagogue’s Words Matter

Adam Hodges , November 2nd, 2018


Trump’s immigration metaphors set a divisive tone from the top. Trump wields demagogic rhetoric like a marketing tool, ramping up prejudicial appeals in the closing days of the…


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Speaking with Silence

Adam Hodges , October 23rd, 2018


Silence can be a powerful communicative tool in today’s political landscape. Words take center stage in the verbal sparring of the Twitter age. Against the backdrop of Trumpian…


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How “Fake News” Lost Its Meaning

Adam Hodges , June 6th, 2018


Collins Dictionary named “fake news” its 2017 word of the year, an easy choice given the word’s “unprecedented usage increase” of 365 percent over the previous year. Collins…


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#MeToo Holds Lessons for Political Resistance

Adam Hodges , May 10th, 2018


How to Stop the Normalizing of Trump. Remember when everyone feared the “normalization” of a Trump presidency? Well, it’s gotten to the point where the US president can…


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The Myth of the Apolitical Judge

Adam Hodges , May 1st, 2017


How Language Ideologies Underlie the Judicial Confirmation Process One thing Neil Gorsuch has in common with many previous Supreme Court nominees is his insistence that he is an…


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