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My Face Keeps Turning Redenbacher…

6 April, 2005 (12:23) | Media

This week is CU’s Conference on World Affairs. The annual conference features panels that discuss everything from abortion to racial divides to the best type of chocolate to use when baking. Every year I attend a few events, but this year, I just don’t have the time. Luckily, one of my classes is requiring me to attend at least two events as part of the TV crew.

Today, a panel of Roger Ebert, Molly Ivins, Richard Aregood, and Michael Franc discussed freedom of the press. For the most part, the panel wasn’t anything amazing. All panelists agreed that journalists aren’t doing their job anymore because they’re so complicit in the distribution of manufactured media; that conservatives and the right wing are no longer synonymous; that are a great deal of injustices being committed by the current regime and the media is only making it worse.

The most interesting point, though, didn’t come from a panelist, but from a member of my crew. During a brief diatribe on the Bush administration and the greatest faults (and successes) in their interaction with the media, Molly Ivins stated that they “have an almost Orwellian grasp on language.”

For those of you who don’t know, this refers to George Orwell, author of 1984 and several excellent essays including 1946’s “Politics and the English Language.” Orwell felt that government could position itself differently and abuse the power of language to twist meaning and spin things. I think everyone will agree that’s true, even if you disagree and think it’s the liberal media doing the twisting rather than the angelic right wing. This alone is a poignant thought that bothers me.

My writing style has changed dramatically due to my training in journalism. I tend not to complicate things with a fanatical attention to word choice, though I certainly could if I wanted to. There’s an important reasoning to this: the simpler it’s stated, the more people can understand. There’s no hiding behind fancy lingual anomalies (big words) or succinct inapplicable euphemisms (random titles). Keeping language simple is difficult, but it pays dividends.

In the modern era, political writing has become a way of dressing up simple ideas so that they’re difficult to understand and therefore ignored by the masses. Healthy Forest Act? My ass. Clean Skies Bill? Ha! No Child Left Behind Act? Sure… It’s all fancy clothing and there’s not a whole lot we can do about it. Journalists aren’t helping any by continuing the trend; referring to Social Security reforms as “personal” accounts rather than “private” accounts. I wonder why did Bush and his cronies pushed for this change? Perhaps because the Bush White House found the term “personal” tests better in polls and doesn’t offend people by being connected to privatization. What bothers me even more is that journalists aren’t fighting this. They’re too afraid of losing their press passes, their “inside” connection, and their jobs in exchange for some credibility and integrity.

Regardless, that’s a rant unrelated to my original point. After Ivins’ comment, I heard someone say, “what does the guy who makes popcorn have to do with it?”

Wait, what? Orwellian popcorn? What is that, popcorn that watches you?

It wasn’t until later that I found out the person had confused George Orwell with Orville Redenbacher. How the fuck did that happen? Ok, let’s stop and compare:

George Orwell Orville Redenbacher
White White
Male Male
Dead Dead
Left an indelible mark on society by coining the term Big Brother Left an indelible mark on society by encouraging obesity
Wrote books Made popcorn
Was political and savvy Was buttery and greasy
Had his novels turned into films Had his popcorn eating during films
Had the arch-nemesis of government Had the archenemies of ho-hos and ding-dongs (surprisingly similar to government)

Wow. So fucking similar. Way to go American education system. Redenbacher and Orwell, fighting Big Brother in microwaves everywhere.

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  • tyranny is ugly, just like orville redenbacher. plus i’m sure he was committed to utter popcorn domination….. or something….

    i think i speak for everyone when i say “durp”.

  • tyranny is ugly, just like orville redenbacher. plus i’m sure he was committed to utter popcorn domination….. or something….

    i think i speak for everyone when i say “durp”.

  • So funny that you would post this because I’ve had that almost same rant myself recently in RL (about media perpetuating government misinformation). I’ve also made the comparison to Orwell and the “Big Brother” ideals of this administration. Glad you posted it though, since you have a background in journalism, and I do not.

    And sadly I wish I could be surprised that someone confused Orwell with Orville. Like you said, thumbs up to the education system. But seriously what kind of mind would make that correlation in a political discussion? I mean, really, people. :oP

    I agree with and say “durp”.

  • So funny that you would post this because I’ve had that almost same rant myself recently in RL (about media perpetuating government misinformation). I’ve also made the comparison to Orwell and the “Big Brother” ideals of this administration. Glad you posted it though, since you have a background in journalism, and I do not.

    And sadly I wish I could be surprised that someone confused Orwell with Orville. Like you said, thumbs up to the education system. But seriously what kind of mind would make that correlation in a political discussion? I mean, really, people. :oP

    I agree with and say “durp”.

  • That’s disappointing. They should have involved Ann Coulter to be on the panel, not because she is a journalist in any sense of the word, but because it is really silly to have a panel that all agrees.

  • That’s disappointing. They should have involved Ann Coulter to be on the panel, not because she is a journalist in any sense of the word, but because it is really silly to have a panel that all agrees.

  • What does “durp” mean or am I stupid?

    How do you always come up with such long and yet interesting and smart topics?

  • What does “durp” mean or am I stupid?

    How do you always come up with such long and yet interesting and smart topics?

  • durp is a reference to an episode of south park called succubus. chef quits being a chef and is replaced by a dumbass named “mr durp”. he says something stupid and then goes “DURP” loudly.

    it’s basically a way of saying “i’m (or that which i am mocking is) retarded”

  • durp is a reference to an episode of south park called succubus. chef quits being a chef and is replaced by a dumbass named “mr durp”. he says something stupid and then goes “DURP” loudly.

    it’s basically a way of saying “i’m (or that which i am mocking is) retarded”

  • Oh right… Durp! (me that is 🙂 )

  • Oh right… Durp! (me that is 🙂 )

  • Franc is actually a conservative journalist, but his main point was that the few in the religious right are controlling the Republican party and giving conservatives a bad name. There were certainly some friendly digs at each side, but overall, I thought they discussed well. Most chose to make spearate points rather than turn the panel into a contradictory argument that pitted left versus right.

  • Franc is actually a conservative journalist, but his main point was that the few in the religious right are controlling the Republican party and giving conservatives a bad name. There were certainly some friendly digs at each side, but overall, I thought they discussed well. Most chose to make spearate points rather than turn the panel into a contradictory argument that pitted left versus right.

  • Orville was popped out of his mother early in the 20th century. Before he knew it, he was a Kernel in the military working the mess hall. Twice he was set to get married, and twice he flaked out at the altar before his third wife-to-be put him on high for 3 and a half minutes and bagged him. Soon, he started his own business, and in a Jiffy-Pop, he owned the number one selling popcorn company in America. Sadly, Orville went nuts and was committed after his son buttered up the authorities. Orville died of complications to a coronary when his doctor left him on the floor of a theatre on a group home outing.

  • Orville was popped out of his mother early in the 20th century. Before he knew it, he was a Kernel in the military working the mess hall. Twice he was set to get married, and twice he flaked out at the altar before his third wife-to-be put him on high for 3 and a half minutes and bagged him. Soon, he started his own business, and in a Jiffy-Pop, he owned the number one selling popcorn company in America. Sadly, Orville went nuts and was committed after his son buttered up the authorities. Orville died of complications to a coronary when his doctor left him on the floor of a theatre on a group home outing.

  • my biggest mistake is that i always have the tendency to confuse the following:
    h.g. wells
    orson welles
    and george orwell

    i know who each is, and what they have written/made in their life times. but their names are so damn similar that i’ll be talking and accidentally say the wrong name. especially orson welles and george orwell.

    i’m gonna go crawl back under my rock now.

  • my biggest mistake is that i always have the tendency to confuse the following:
    h.g. wells
    orson welles
    and george orwell

    i know who each is, and what they have written/made in their life times. but their names are so damn similar that i’ll be talking and accidentally say the wrong name. especially orson welles and george orwell.

    i’m gonna go crawl back under my rock now.

  • and, naturally, war of the worlds doesn’t help either, with orson welles’s rendition of h.g. wells’s novel…

  • and, naturally, war of the worlds doesn’t help either, with orson welles’s rendition of h.g. wells’s novel…

  • That makes sense. Left v. Right = annoying. Introspection = good

  • That makes sense. Left v. Right = annoying. Introspection = good

  • Your rock not so cozy?

    See, Orson Welles and H.G. Wells I can understand, but George Orwell and Orville Redenbacher? [Insert sentence indicating stunned silence]

  • Your rock not so cozy?

    See, Orson Welles and H.G. Wells I can understand, but George Orwell and Orville Redenbacher? [Insert sentence indicating stunned silence]

  • ok you get at least a 10 minute penalty for overpunning.

  • ok you get at least a 10 minute penalty for overpunning.

  • yeah. at least getting wells, welles, and orwell confused is slightly acceptable since they’re all relatively in similar areas (i.e., if you’re educated you should be familiar with them).
    george orwell and orville redenbacher, however….

    that just goes to show the state of CU, because i had to think about who orville redenbacher was for a couple minutes. personally i’m a pop secret type of person.

  • yeah. at least getting wells, welles, and orwell confused is slightly acceptable since they’re all relatively in similar areas (i.e., if you’re educated you should be familiar with them).
    george orwell and orville redenbacher, however….

    that just goes to show the state of CU, because i had to think about who orville redenbacher was for a couple minutes. personally i’m a pop secret type of person.

  • I love watching the drafts that your comments go through. 🙂

  • I love watching the drafts that your comments go through. 🙂

  • Yeah, I’m a member of the revisionist party. Luckily, I only comment that way about once in every five times.

  • Yeah, I’m a member of the revisionist party. Luckily, I only comment that way about once in every five times.

  • All we are is dust in the wind, dude.

  • All we are is dust in the wind, dude.

  • Gratuitous Kansas quote?

    You must be a friend of Dorothy.

  • Gratuitous Kansas quote?

    You must be a friend of Dorothy.

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  • Everything is different, but the same… things are more moderner than before… bigger, and yet smaller… it’s computers… San Dimas High School football rules!!

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  • As you can see, Genghis greatly enjoys Twinkies because of the excellent sugar rush.

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  • This is a dude who, 700 years ago, totally ravaged China, and who we were told, 2 hours ago, totally ravaged Ashman’s Sporting Goods.

  • Do you know where there are any personages of historical significance around here?

  • Do you know where there are any personages of historical significance around here?

  • I am the Earl of Preston.

  • I am the Earl of Preston.

  • I am the Duke of Ted.

  • I am the Duke of Ted.

  • I try to go, but all the ones I’m interested in overlap with my classes, so I have to either go halfway through or walk out in the middle, which makes me feel like I’m being rude.

  • I try to go, but all the ones I’m interested in overlap with my classes, so I have to either go halfway through or walk out in the middle, which makes me feel like I’m being rude.