Tag: Trumped Up Words

Top Articles of 2019

Chelsea Horton , December 20th, 2019


Another year almost done! Sit back, relax, and read some of the most-clicked articles on the website in 2019. With thanks to everyone involved with Anthropology News this…


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“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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What to Call US Border Detention Centers?

Adam Hodges , August 5th, 2019


The controversy over the term “concentration camps” stems from the connotations it carries, setting up analogies that risk hyperbole and overlook the complexities of historical comparison. The governm…


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Speak the Names of Those Who Were Lost

Adam Hodges , April 10th, 2019


Naming can dignify, disparage or even deny one’s social standing. Days after the horrific attack on the Christchurch mosque in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke about…


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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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Reclaiming “Allahu Akbar” from Semantic Pejoration

Adam Hodges , August 1st, 2018


Allāhu akbar, the Arabic phrase meaning “God is the greatest,” has gained connotations in US public discourse that differ vastly from its meaning among Muslims. Understanding this process…


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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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A Theory of Propaganda for the Social Media Age

Adam Hodges , April 9th, 2018


Intertextuality and the propagation of disinformation Propaganda typically refers to manipulative techniques and misleading messages used to gain public acquiescence for a political cause, especially …


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The Paranoid Style of Climate Change Denial

Adam Hodges , October 11th, 2017


How Conspiracy-driven theories help the Trump administration reject science. After the unprecedented flooding in Houston due to Hurricane Harvey, Michael Mann, a leading scientific voice on climate ch…


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Wrestling with “The Donald”

Adam Hodges , September 5th, 2017


Nothing better epitomizes the content-free showmanship of President Trump’s governing style than the White House Rose Garden ceremony he held in May after the House passed their version…


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A Bully in the Presidential Bully Pulpit

Adam Hodges , August 10th, 2017


In her book, The Bully Pulpit, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin examines Theodore Roosevelt’s leadership during his time as president. In successfully working to enact progressive reforms, Goodwin argue…


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Trump’s Wall and the Dictator Aesthetic

Margaret Dorsey , August 4th, 2017


Well, look, we’re going to have a border. It’s going to be a real border, and we’re going to build a wall and it’s going to be a…


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America’s Most Consequential Racial Divide

Adam Hodges , July 3rd, 2017


Last October in the vice-presidential debate between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, moderator Elaine Quijano brought up the “issue of law enforcement and race relations.” Only a few…


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Trump Echoes Bush in Middle East Visit

Adam Hodges , June 1st, 2017


President Introduces New Term into Counterterrorism Lexicon President Trump embarked on his first international trip since moving into the White House after a special counsel was appointed to…


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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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