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Politics in Film Slides
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Politics in Film
Lee Meung Hun
Power & Language
Language & Power
Influence of Language
Languages of Labour
The Politicization of Education
She has done me no work
What would George Orwell have made of the World in 2013?
Power of Language
Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind
Means to communication- symbolism, words
Language- it forms thoughts, perception and ideas- Influential & Powerful
Let's examine each using the given readings
Languages of Labour
Examining the process of reshaping a workforce in late 1990s Singapore
Discursive strategies essential in labour control regime changes
To retain relevance in competitive economy
2 main aims;
lower wage costs
retrain new workers
Moulding of behavior and culture
By construction & management of;
Post-post Communist stage (King, 2000b)
Moldova influencing Trasnistria
War of Trasnistria
Dependency and Identity crisis
History of Moldova and Trasnistria
The evolution of Moldovan education policy
Russian as an official state language
The Russian language, Romanian and dual citizenship
Fairly secured identity
Refusing to acknowledge the Language law 1989
Idea of Linguistic Sexism
Identity of Moldovan People
Coe, N.M. and Kelly, F.P. (2002) ScienceDirect.com - Political Geography - Languages of labour: representational strategies in Singapore’s labour control regime. [online] Available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science
/article/pii/S096262980100049X [Accessed: 6 Mar 2013].
Jastrzebska-Szklarska, J. (2002) ScienceDirect.com - Communist and Post-Communist Studies - “She has done me no work”: language and power asymmetry in impoverished families in Poland. [online] Available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0967067X02000296 [Accessed: 6 Mar 2013].
Jeffries, S.(2013) What would George Orwell have made of the world in 2013?. [online] Available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/jan/24/george-orwell-britain-in-2013 [Accessed: 5 Mar 2013].
Roper, Steven (2005) The politicization of education: Identity formation in Moldova and Transnistria. [online] Available at: http://www.stevendroper.com
/education.pdf [Accessed: 7 Mar 2013].
Lee Boon Yang, Manpower Minister, ST, 30 Mar 2000
Complacency and an unwillingness to respond and adapt proactively to changes are fatal flaws
. We must
update our knowledge
build up new skills
. Otherwise, the tide will rise and swirl around us, leaving
stranded rather than riding high on the crest.”
gain in the pain
. A Singapore which passes
multiple tests will do nothing less than upgrade its common skills
, the skills of nationhood that are critical to its survival in the long run. And that has to do with more, far more, than money” (Asad Latif, ST, 18 July 1998).
Commentators noted in the
Usage of Media
, chasing his multiple Cs, can relax a little now, ……The
who had no time for
upgrading his skills or any life outside of work or work-related activities
will now have that time. (Tan, ST, 24 July 1998)
Politicization of Education
She has done me no work
What would George Orwell have made of the world in 2013?
First part of the piece compares Orwell's time & today's events
Second half compares the Orwellian society and today's society
Similarities v. Differences?
Do we learn from Orwell's gloomy warnings?
Orwellian vs. Today
Imprisonment without trial
'Black Sites', Guantanamo
The use of hostages
Rise of terrorism
Deportations of whole populations
Palestinian deportations from Israel
U.S. PATRIOT act
Societies becoming increasingly Orwellian; due to increasing monopoly of language and means of communication by the state
Language can propagate certain ideologies and perceptions that can perpetuate division or unity; promote positive national ethos or reduce the power of a single gender within a family
Language is pervasive and permeates all aspects of life
Language = Power
Increased usage of 'exogenous forcing' terms such as globalization, the 'new' economy and 'technopreneur' within the media
Exogenous forces naturalised as sole and inevitable response to crisis
Thus justifying cuts to wages and benefits of workers although it was benefiting employers more than employees
Result= little dissent among union groups upon implementation of CPF cuts
Retrenchment & Retraining
& Govt Speeches
Reorientation of public mentality towards 'Knowledge based economy'
By introduction of KBE buzzwords, terminologies and ideas into common vocabulary of Ministers, bureaucrats and media commentators
Paved way towards the idealized 'Singaporean worker' propagated via private and public circles
Retrenchments associated with 'character building' and 'personal growth'
Societies becoming 'pornified'- women and girls objectify themselves and each other willingly
Reduction in originality, individualism and personal independence as painted by rise in demand for mass produced items (such as processed food and branded clothing which denotes conformity and dependence on commercial products)
Fake food comment symbolizes the concept of artificiality and disingenuous that is endemic in today's society (Facebook, manufactured consensus, reality TV shows, etc)