Monday, October 29, 2007

Connotation: A Not So Terrible War

This week's Onion (a satirical newspaper) features a hilarious parody of "damage control" — euphemistic speech designed to sell people on the war. It reminded me of our earlier conversations about connotation, and it relates to our discussion of civil liberties in perilous times since reports about the hideous violence of the war are seen as "unpatriotic" by some people.

Click on the title of this post for the link to the Onion article or just click HERE.

5 comments:

Bernadette.Brandt said...

Although I think this article is funny, I also think it's sad that the war has gotten this far. Several casualties a day should be considered a lot, and not "a good day." I remember in seventh grade when we learned about the world war one. There were so many deaths that people piled bodies without any emotion. Every dead soldier is someones son or daughter. I think we should take war casualties more seriously.

Doc OC said...

Right on, Bernadette! The article satirizes (ridicules) the casualness with which the violence is typically reported because the authors, like you, are outraged by the disregard. Their implicit hope is that calling attention to the problem in a funny way will stop the callous reporting by administration officials and mainstream journalists who do their bidding.

Agretch said...

I agree with both of you. First off, I think that it really is terrible that we consider a "good day" to be only a few deaths. Since World War 1 when the death toll every day was extremely high, the people have expected soldiers to die every day in a war and I think this is wrong. We're the U.S., with all the millions we put into our military can't we better protect our soldiers? I also agree with Mr. O'Connor that the Onion is doing a good job of promoting their opinion of anti-war, or maybe even just anti-death by doing it in a funny way that gets our attention and doesn't make us so sad when we follow the news. I think that until more people call attention to the fact that people don't need to die every day, nothing will change. The government doesn't like anti-war rallies, but maybe there could just be an anti-death rally, which would force our government to try to keep our troops more safe, or rethink the way we do things with our soldiers in Iraq. We have to keep what Bernadette said, every solider is someones mother, father, son, or daughter and we need to keep them safe. Maybe if the government realizes that if the soldiers aren't dying as much, the public opinion the war will increase.We can't get immediate gratification and get out of Iraq right away, but hopefully we can bring the body count of our soldiers down.

Chris said...

I think that this article is funny, and that it is pretty bad that the goverment is trying the play the war off as going way better. While I am glad that the war is going a little better, it is still a war, and it is not way better untill it is over, and the end does not seem to be anytime in the near future.

unfGuido said...

I agree with all of you in that every day in war is not a good day. I did find the article humorous in the way that they just say oh only a few deaths from a couple car bombings. In truth, and i know the authors meant this, thats horrible. There should be around zero deaths and maybe a guy got injured by tripping over his shoelace not from a car bombing. The people trying to sell people on war, as OC says it, need to do better at actually getting this war to an end rather than try and make what we already know more appealing.