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Monday, June 14, 2004

Pretexts for war thesis

I had meant to note the work of UIUC graduate Devon Largio (who got a short spot on Janeane Garofalo's radio show on June 7, and a certain amount of play elsewhere).

Largio's thesis, entitled Uncovering the Rationales for the War on Iraq: The Words of the Bush Administration, Congress, and the Media from September 12, 2001 to October 11, 2002, tracks the umpteen alternative formulations - desperate work, rather like pioneers breaking virgin prairie for arable.

The attentions of an editor would have contributed a good deal (but, I suppose that, for a thesis, that would be cheating!) but, given the work put in and the results achieved, it would be churlish to complain of a little stodginess in the prose.

And Devon is a girl, by the way [1].

  1. It ranks 566 on the 1990 Census list of male names, 1154 on the corresponding list of female names.


As ever with politically neutral guests offering stuff helpful to the cause, Garofalo and sidekick insisted on trying to get the girl to agree that Bush was the spawn of Beelzebub, which clearly she was not there to do. Not so much big tent as kicking all those not 100% ideologically pure out of the tent.

Deeply unpleasant fanaticism, which gets me turning off.

And, by the way, Franken needs new shtick too: interviews played out like cheap vaudeville double-acts, obsession with gotchas, that annoying sidekick - as comedy, it's not funny; as political discussion, it's thin gruel.

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