When we speak of politics using a war metaphor, what is it that the various factions fight with or about? One may certainly offer “policy” or “office” as correct answers. But, going a little deeper, I believe the fundamental fight is over definitions. What the term “regime change” means, for example, affects policy and, therefore, affects lives. Josh Marshall detects a semantic shift in “regime change” based on a question of grammar: Is “regime” an object or a subject. The answer affects policy; it is more than merely linguistic entertainment.
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I offer commentary on the rhetoric of the American conversation, especially as it unfolds in documentary film, the news media, and politics. Check out my feeds on Twitter and Instagram. Also be sure to see my work at Carbon Trace Productions, a non-profit documentary film studio in Springfield, Missouri. I am a Professor of Media & Journalism at Missouri State University. I teach classes in mobile journalism and documentary filmmaking.
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