An Illustrated Book of Loaded Language: Learn to Hear What's Left Unsaid
Published by: The Experiment
Imprint: The Experiment
Available: November 2021
96 Pages, 203.00 x 177.00 mm, 15 two-color illustrations
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Public discourse? More like public discord. The battle cries of our culture wars are rife with "loaded language"-be it bias, slant, or spin. But listen closely, or you'll miss what Ali Almossawi finds more frightening still: words that erase accountability, history, even identity through what they leave unsaid.
Speaking as wise old Mr. Rabbit, Almossawi leads us through a dark forest of rhetoric-aided by Orwell, Baldwin, and a squee-worthy cast of wide-eyed woodland creatures. Here, passive voice can pardon wrongdoers, statistics may be a smokescreen, gaslighting entraps the downtrodden, and irrelevant adjectives cement stereotypes. Emperor Squirrel isn't naked; he has a clothes-free sartorial style. Mouse's roof becomes flattened (Elephant's foot just happens to be there at the time). And when keen-eyed Owl claims a foreign shore, he seems to be overlooking someone . . .
Fans of Almossawi's An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments couldn't ask for a better primer on the less logical ways that words can trick us. It takes a long pair of ears to hear what's left unsaid-but when you're a rabbit in a badger world, listening makes all the difference.
Praise for An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments
"This short book makes you smarter than 99% of the population. . . . The concepts within it will increase your company's 'organizational intelligence.' . . . It's more than just a must-read, it's a 'have-to-read-or-you're-fired' book."-Geoffrey James, INC.com
"I love this illustrated book of bad arguments. A flawless compendium of flaws."-Alice Roberts, PhD, anatomist, writer, and presenter of The Incredible Human Journey
"A whimsical, straightforward primer . . . a guide to how to strengthen-and how not to weaken-your arguments."-Shelf Awareness, starred review
"A very good book every scientist should have. Every scholar, really."-Hope Jahren, author of Lab Girl
"Bad arguments, great illustrations . . . gorgeous."-Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing.net