Friday, February 13, 2009
George Orwell would recognize this brand of communications. He wrote a book about it. One hopes Venezuelans are smarter than Hugo Chavez who is using the same tired language and tropes of dictators. Claim conspiracies as an excuse to tighten and maintain control. There may be citizens who believe Chavez each time he makes this kind of statement, but it can't be many. For some reason, nearly all dictators or dictator wanna-be's abuse communications in the same ways. Words are tools to grasp and hold power. One says anything that will achieve that objective, and facts be damned. The principles of public relations are corrupted at the core and spin is all that is left. Once one controls the media there is no way for the public to know what is true and what isn't. If Venezuelans are smart, they will understand that it is past time to get rid of Chavez as a leader.