Voters today are more informed than they were back when the constitution was written and, because of that, placing the final vote in the hands of electors rather than the people is unnecessary. Another main issue opponents have is the matter of swing states. Due to the fact that the main political parties can count on securing the electoral votes from certain states due to political ties, the main campaign focus turns to “battleground” states such as Florida where the outcome of the popular vote is unsure, therefore becoming a swing state (The Electoral College). Because of these swing states, some states are deemed more important than others during the election and, because of this, gain more political power. The final main concern of opponents of the Electoral College is the possibility of a minority President being elected.
Van Dijk (1993b) affirms that Critical-Political Discourse Analysis clarifies “the reproduction of political power, power abuse or domination through political discourse, including the various forms of resistance or counter-power against such forms of discursive dominance (p.11). Consequently, social and political bias results from this domination. Van Dijk (1997) points out that political discourse is the discourse of politicians and it is about such politics. He also outlines his definition of political discourse and its many sub-genres as follows: 1) It is a class of genres defined by a social domain, namely politics. He delimits the political properties that differentiate political discourse from other forms of discourse, such as political field, political system, political ideologies, political institutions, political organizations, political groups, political actors, and political process.
The second type of political power struggle is around the persuasion, such as commerce, culture and education. The question about the political struggle should be addressed either by the political force or persuasion is always discussed by many scholars from different disciplines. This essay argues that the political power should be properly understood as a matter that involving both force and persuasion; the political power is composed of soft power and hard power. The essay attempt to explore the relationship between the force and persuasion in the political struggle from the perspective of international relation. In the first part, the essay will attempt to form a theoretical framework based on the theory of Machiavelli, and Locke; the essay will
Language is a powerful instrument that political leaders use to persuade audiences and impart political ideologies; political speech is, after all, one of the three types of speech in classical rhetoric. It certainly stands to reason that politicians use rhetoric to their advantage. The old adage, “It isn’t what you say, it’s how you say it” rings true in politics today. Politicians who address the public exert linguistic control to achieve their goals. This is true for our current president, Donald Trump.
As it happens, what is supposed to be politician’s casual and conversational speech is sometimes compared to a subtle form of modern day propaganda. George Orwell’s 1984, a dystopian novel dealing with a totalitarian government resonates today because it is able to provide parallels to the changing communication style of America’s politicians and what this dangerous practice means for society today. Although this phenomenon of changing language within the political sphere has been going on since the birth of this country, it has been especially noticeable in President Donald Trump’s verbal rhetoric. Even though many of his supporters interpret the simplicity of his vocabulary to be a signal of transparency because it is more accessible to the average American, multiple linguists argue that it is in fact just the opposite. According to Peter Stansky, a British historian, “Trump’s use of language to hide things,
Rationale: Personally, I find Donald Trump irrational and unsuitable to become the next American President. Accordingly, I have been having a trouble understanding the popularity and support he has. For this reason, I wanted to investigate on his speech, especially its linguistic features, in order to comprehend why and how people have faith in him. Hence, for the written task for Part 2 – Language and mass communication of the course, I have decided to write an article by a critic in reaction to Donald Trump’s announcement of his candidacy for President of the United States, which was delivered on the sixteenth of June, 2015. An article is appropriate for this task because it allows me to express my understanding and opinion.
Since CDA sees discourse as both produced and shaped by ideology, it stresses the essential linguistic characteristics of social relationship, social structures and the power distributed among them. Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) is used in different fields. However politics is regarded as the most important social fields in which CDA plays its valuable role that sometimes is called political – critical discourse analysis containing both political discourse and critical discourse. Based on contemporary approaches in CDA, political – critical discourse analysis deals with the reproduction of political power, power abuse or domination through political discourse, including various forms of resistance or counter-power against such forms of discursive dominance (Fairclough 1995; Van Dijk
Elections are drawing near once again. This is another opportunity for the nation to choose new leaders that will help uplift the country and its people. Through our vote, we give our trust to a candidate that he would use his position to address the various issues that the nation faces. There are many problems that plague the country at present, and some of these problems continue to exist because some politicians choose to pursue their own personal interests ahead of the interests of the country. Due to this, many people are suffering and have been suffering for a long time.
However, in turn they are causing the politicians to be subjected to consequences of their visibility. This is further explained by Foucault’s quote, “A real subjection is born mechanically from a fictitious relation” (Foucault 202). Many of the opinions about politicians are from the citizens whom usually do not have a relationship with that politician other than forming an opinion about them. Consequently, politicians become aware of how what they do could possibly end up on the evening news, so they very often put a façade of strength and
CRITICAL ANALYSIS PERSPECTIVE ON THE BASIS OF POLITICAL SCIENCE Political science is above all the study of power, how it is created, exercised, justified, and challenged. It also focuses on governance and in particular on political institutions, both formal and informal. It leads us to consider the ethics of power, which in turn involves conceptions of community, identity, justice and citizenship. We study democracy, war, law, rights, wealth, authority and institute that shape and secure them under political science. Voting in India depicts power vested in the people to choose the government that will govern the country.