Politics is in a state of flux. Elites are talking to the people but in a culture that discourages political discussion they resort to a series of slogans. Old terms are being reconfigured and new terms are constantly generated across social media and in popular discourse. The global and local terrain of politics is awash with contested jargon and slogans from diverse cultures and disciplines. Help us expose, explore and disrupt the vagaries of political language and create an alternative dictionary.
In 1945, George Orwell described politics itself as ‘a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia’, noting ‘when the general atmosphere is bad, language must suffer’ (George Orwell, ‘Politics and the English Language’, 1945). Currently, the language of politics is being degraded – how do we ‘take back control’?
So, help us expose, explore and disrupt the vagaries of political language and create the alternative Sloganon’a Non dictionary! Choose a current political term, jargon or slogan and post your creative response here on our Sloganon’a Non Facebook page – it can be text, drawing, graphics, performance, audio or video (max 1 minute).
Be inventive and let’s build an alternative political lexicon!
|Sloganon’anon [slow-gan-on-an-on] noun. A recuperative strategy designed to expose or contest meanings performed through the management of the political lexicon, esp. by non-party activists; identification of sloganons; creative investigation of alternative meanings esp. through visual and digital arts; reconstruction of ideas and concepts to neutralise power advantages advanced by the deployment of sloganons.|