Day 7: Buzzwords

Americans like to use a surprisingly limited palette to describe things. Everyone has themselves, or someone they know, or a particular thing boiled down to a fine, snappy statement. It’s much more infuriating than you’d think.

Last night, an aspiring stand-up comic used the phrase “culturally subversive” three times in thirty seconds while describing his act.

The best part? Because this has become the American way to do things, American politicians have adopted this, especially over the past thirty years (part of what made Obama’s 2008 campaign so groundbreaking and so successful was his use of full sentences instead of soundbite fragments). And because American politicians do it, then by god, Australians are going to as well.

“Moving Forward”.

“Stop The Boats”.

Shut up.


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