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Politics in Film Slides

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Tutorial Discussion II
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
George Orwell
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;
Social understanding
Social vocabularies
Social imaginations
Public Discourse
Private Discourse
Gov't Speeches
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

Teaching History
Fairly secured identity

Refusing to acknowledge the Language law 1989
Idea of Linguistic Sexism

Family Hierarchy

Stereotyping women
Curse words

Word generics
Identity of Moldovan People



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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
in the
New Economy
. 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.”
“There is
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
busy Singaporean
, chasing his multiple Cs, can relax a little now, ……The
busy Singaporean
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
Constant Surveillance
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
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'
Worrying trends...
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)
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