The Betrayal of Words

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Galeano, Eduardo. "The Betrayal of Words." The Upside-Down World column, The Progressive June 2002: 12-13.

In the century since Sigmund Freud learned from Jean-Martin Charcot that "Ideas can be planted in the human mind by hypnotism. […] The technology of manipulation has come a long way. A gigantic Machine the size of the planet orders us to repeat the messages it puts in our heads. It is a Machine for the betrayal of the meaning of words." In EG's essay, the world-machine image refers to all-encompassing power, as usual, but primarily power over the meaning of words. Cf. George Orwell and more recent theorizing by F. Jameson and others on hegemonic discourse.

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