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Extended writing Metaphor

Character Assasination through Metaphoric Pomposity: When one metaphor is not enough

George Lakoff is known for saying that “metaphors can kill” and he’s not wrong. But in that, metaphors are no different from any other language. The simple amoral imperative “Kill!” will do the job just as nicely. Nor are metaphors any better or worse at obfuscating than any other type of language. But they are […]

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Language Metaphor Scholarship

There’s more to memory than the brain: Psychologists run clever experiments, make trivial claims, take gullible internet by storm

Image via Wikipedia The online media are drawn to any “scientific” claims about the internet’s influence on our nature as humans like flies to a pile of excrement. Sadly, in this metaphor, only the flies are figurative. The latest heap of manure to instigate an annoying buzzing cloud of commentary from Wired to the BBC, […]

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Extended writing Framing History Metaphor Scholarship

The natural logistics of life: The Internet really changes almost nothing

This is a post that has been germinating for a long time. But it was most immediately inspired by Marshall Poe‘s article claiming that “The Internet Changes Nothing“. And as it turns out, I mostly agree. OK, this may sound a bit paradoxical. Twelve years ago, when I submitted my first column to be published, […]