Trump Rhetoric: His secret weapon to success (or dictatorship?)

Donald Trump will put an end to "nation building" and instead focus on ... All talks about Donald Trump’s antics are on his shrewd showmanship which is indisputably effective, in retaining attention and drowning criticisms. But critics have taken no note of the power of his language, as well as his way of performing his language in texts such as his campaign speeches and press conference rants. Instead they ridicule it, ruthlessly and stupidly. Media coverage is flooded by the kind of comments such as Year 3 grammar and vocabulary, grammatical mistakes, typos, overtly simple text structure, illogical arguments …The list goes on. All of them certainly make sense if Trump’s language is compared with the style shared by the past US presidents and contemporary world leaders which is polished, grammatical, conspicuously academic, and unmistakably elite like. The kind of questions here I’d like to ask is: is this style really typical of the elite? Or is it simply outdated and out of touch.

Frustrated by Trump’s rusty-belt support, appeal to the lower-income white families, and so-called anti-intellect trend, very few critics and activists have calmed down and reflect on our language practices. For instances. How do we create text in digital times on our phone, blog, Facebook, and Twitter? Do we really use those classic rhetorical devices and the text conventions mediated by the print? Not really. In fact, over the past 20 years, our text practices and training basically have been turned upside down while we are migrating to the digital space. It seems the majority of us are doing well and are ripping all kinds of benefit from this change. To just name a few: speedy communications, easy access, and diverse channels and media.

But surprisingly and unfortunately, the majority of politicians and educators share the same front in language education and are active in condemning the new landscape of literacy education. They are worried about the Generation Y: too much screen time, lack of handwriting, dwindling interest in classic literature, too much video/VR gaming, insatiable texting… The list goes on, as well, and certainly it is an ominous sign of downgrading literacy and constitutes literacy jeopardy . To rescue the new generations, they throw billions of dollars into implementing conceivable sorts of standardized tests to name and shame students, schools, and universities and restore the old, outdated literacy skills. Many mainstream media are trapped in this mentality and have become accomplice in redistributing this discourse, uncritically.

Well this may seem ironic, or even trivial. But triviality is often where rebellion and revolution originate, if we genuinely believe those famous sayings that words are swords and that texts (discourse, narratives, etc.) have power. In retrospect, we must reassess Trump’s language and the texts he and his team are creating. They are not Year 3 level and they are embraced by the Gen Y dearly, wittingly and unwittingly. It really does not matter what type of membership we are holding. As Trump is a successful show business veteran, he understands and uses our language and texts all too well and he has been performing by exactly the same script to grab our eyes and hearts. To sum up with a blunt and bleak statement: we are all Trump fans, subconsciously. And even more troubling is: virtually, Trump has no rivals among his contemporaries in creating and performing our text . It is no secret that Trump will continue instigating controversies and causing serious problems, unless brave leaders of the Gen Y are willing to stand up.

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前些日子拜读 Brian Greene’s大作 The hidden reality:  Parallel universes and the deep laws of the cosmos,又听了一下他Youtube上的访谈 Brian Greene – The hidden reality, 很喜欢。信手敲出了下面的文字,然后自己也很诧异:诗与科学的距离,好近!

你知不知道
和我
我们的眼
我们口腔里(的霍乱)
我们病毒末稍(的神经元)
每一天每一刻每一分
每一个纳秒
都在扩张
二维度的/扁平
比(大元)帝国还气促

青铜剑
追风驹
灵魂已出窍

你知不知道

和我
我们的种子
我们(岩石)的脆弱
我们(龙卷风)的倒错
百年千年一万个世纪
一百亿光年
都在重复
(弯曲的)时间轴
比宵禁(的纽约)更寂寞

哈韩族
垃圾派
黑白人间道

你知不知道

和你
和他
我们骨子里/有血
我们脚弓里/有山河
我们脊梁上的/星际推背图
东一程西一程左右接上下
南北内外的全景
(大无畏的)虫洞
(也破解不了)镜子
和它的亿万次方/的复制

色即空
归去来
秦月落眉稍

你知不知道

和你
和她
我们(囤积)的真相
我们(眼睑里)的沙粒
我们(穿越欲望)的免死符
一张一张又一张
还有一张
永生的光线
那个(青春的) 头号小贩
四百亿年前才起床

乌啦啦
乌啦啦
早睡早起好

你知不知道

和你
和他们
他们的灵
他们(琴瑟)的部落
他们(死人堆下)的大本钟
一声一声接一声
更续一声
(明日的)超弦
(眉清目秀的)人头
在手指拨弄间哆嗦

树欲静
风又催
生死痒痒挠

你知不知道

和你
和她们
她们的子宫
她们的阴道(猛兽)
她们玩偶式(AK47)的爆裂
几千响几万响
几百千万响
也炸不断
(帝国三夫人)枕边大竖琴
(灰飞烟灭)的性福

轟隆隆
轟隆隆
江湖起新潮

你知不知道

和我
和它们
我们(影子)的汇聚
我们(欲念)的交集
我们非洲美洲南极洲(的穿凿)
火星沙丘上的舞蹈
转一回绕一轮滚一遭
陀螺爱上麦田
(似曾相识的)尴尬
不过是粒子有限组合(的阴谋)
伪装成(浪子散漫的)叛逆

朝添三
暮减四
皮笑肉不笑

有偈乱道

袖里乾坤手底云
路千头
缘难修
新月有痕何须寻
苦逼了人心
貌别神留
欲罢还休
秋重冬复春自春
颌首镜花沉方舟
万码千钧
毛里穿针
好大个猢狲