How the Media Uses Language to Manipulate You

I grew up in a town where English was a subject that was looked down on. How could you possibly need to study English any more when you already know how to read and write? What’s the point in studying plays and poetry and language acquisition? The point is because the more you know about language, the more immune you become to its effects.

Language is an incredible tool and like any great power, can be used for good and evil. What’s important is how you use it. How you say something is often more important than what you actually mean.

Take the following clip from Russell Howard’s Good News. It shows the difference between Ebola coverage in the US and the UK.

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