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- DescriptionIn After Newspeak, Michael S. Gorham presents a cultural history of the politics of Russian language from Gorbachev and glasst to Putin and the emergence of new generations of Web techlogies. Gorham begins from the premise that periods of rapid and radical change both shape and are shaped by language. He documents the role and fate of the Russian language in the collapse of the USSR and the decades of reform and national reconstruction that have followed. Gorham demonstrates the inextricable linkage of language and politics in everything from dictionaries of profanity to the flood of publications on linguistic self-help, the speech patterns of the country's leaders, the blogs of its bureaucrats, and the official programs promoting the use of Russian in the so-called near abroad. Gorham explains why glasst figured as such a critical rhetorical battleground in the political strife that led to the Soviet Union's collapse and shows why Russians came to deride the newfound freedom of speech of the 1990s as little more than the right to swear in public. He assesses the impact of Medvedev's role as Blogger-in-Chief and the role Putin's vulgar speech practices played in the restoration of national pride. And he investigates whether Internet communication and new media techlogies have helped to consolidate a more vibrant democracy and civil society or if they serve as an additional resource for the political techlogies manipulated by the Kremlin.
- Author BiographyMichael S. Gorham is Associate Professor of Russian in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Florida. He is the author of Speaking in Soviet Tongues: Language Culture and the Politics of Voice in Revolutionary Russia and coeditor of Digital Russia: The Language, Culture, and Politics of New Media Communication.
- Author(s)Michael S. Gorham
- PublisherCornell University Press
- Date of Publication01/04/2014
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationIthaca
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCornell University Press
- Content Note2, 2 tables
- Weight457 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
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