It’s … Like … A Very, Very … Uh … Nice Thing, Believe Me

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2017/06/22/howard_jacobson_talks_pussy_his_swiftian_satirical_novel_about_donald_trump.html

This piece is enlightening and relates to the pernicious effect that the machines have had on our ability to interact with one another.  It also relates to why Orwell’s novel 1984 had a huge surge in sales immediately following Donnie’s election.

“Jacobson blames much of the current political madness on the decline of language. ‘Words hold the key to imagination and the ability to describe the world around us. Words get you out of your worst thoughts, take away bigotry, and when needed, provide an escape route.’ In his eyes, Trump’s narrow vocabulary, his apparent antipathy to reading anything longer than a single-page summary, is key to his character.”

I had the great misfortune once to work for someone who resembled Donnie* in many ways, including a privileged background and a tendency to lie about everything. I was working with him on a presentation he was to give, and one of the last things he ever said to me was, “You really stimulate my thinking.” Almost immediately after I left his office he told my boss to send him another writer.  What he really meant was, “You are smarter than I am, and I hate you for it.” I pushed him out of his word comfort zone, which was rote and limited. This left him feeling naked and afraid.

*I will not refer to the 45th President as President Trump or even Trump or even Drumpf. He does not deserve any kind of respect given his “Lyin’ Ted” and “Little Marco” and “Crooked Hillary” and nasty comments about women and the disabled. He’s also getting really fat and has a spray tan, a bizarre and ridiculous hair style, a fish mouth and beady eyes, yet he makes fun of other peoples’ appearance. He’s a spoiled brat bully boy who deserves only the diminutive “Donnie.”

© 2017 Joseph Galligan

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