Death Sentence

Death Sentence

Don Watson
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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 208
  • Publication date: 2003
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc
  • Weight: 0.34 kg Note that the actual book cover may differ from the picture

". . . in public life the language has never been held in less regard. It withers in the dungeons of the technocratic mind. It is butchered by the media. In politics it lacks all qualifications for the main game." - Don Watson

Almost sixty years ago, George Orwell described the decay of language and why this threatened democratic society. But compared to what we now endure, the public language of Orwell's day brimmed with life and truth. Today's corporations, government departments, news media, and, perhaps most dangerously, politicians - speak to each other and to us in clichéd, impenetrable, lifeless sludge.

Don Watson can bear it no longer. In this book, part diatribe, part cool reflection on the state of Australia's public language, he takes a blowtorch to the words - and their users - who kill joy, imagination and clarity. Scathing, funny and brilliant, 'Death Sentence' is a small book of profound weight - and timeliness.