After Newspeak: Language Culture and Politics in Russia from by Michael S. Gorham

By Michael S. Gorham

In After Newspeak, Michael S. Gorham offers a cultural historical past of the politics of Russian language from Gorbachev and glasnost to Putin and the emergence of recent generations of internet applied sciences. Gorham starts from the idea that sessions of speedy and radical swap either form and are formed by means of language. He files the function and destiny of the Russian language within the cave in of the USSR and the many years of reform and nationwide reconstruction that experience undefined. Gorham demonstrates the inextricable linkage of language and politics in every little thing from dictionaries of profanity to the flood of courses on linguistic self-help, the speech styles of the country’s leaders, the blogs of its bureaucrats, and the professional courses selling using Russian within the so-called "near abroad."

Gorham explains why glasnost figured as any such severe rhetorical battleground within the political strife that ended in the Soviet Union’s cave in and exhibits why Russians got here to deride the newfound freedom of speech of the Nineties as little greater than definitely the right to swear in public. He assesses the impression of Medvedev’s function as Blogger-in-Chief and the position Putin’s vulgar speech practices performed within the recovery of nationwide delight. And he investigates no matter if net communique and new media applied sciences have helped to consolidate a extra vivid democracy and civil society or in the event that they function an extra source for the political applied sciences manipulated by means of the Kremlin.

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