Concision in Media: Repetition Compulsion

“One of the reasons why Nightline has the usual suspects…is one of the things you have to do when you book a show is know that the person can make the point within the framework of television…”–Jeff Greenfield, producer of “Nightline” (1992)

[And the points have to be “regurgitated conventional pieties”.]

“The beauty of concision, you know, of saying a couple of sentences between two commercials, the beauty of that is you can only repeat conventional thoughts.”  Noam Chomsky

“If the Nuremberg laws were applied then every post-war American president would have been hanged.”

“Education is a system of imposed ignorance.”

“You can’t give evidence if you’re stuck with concision; that’s the genius of this structural constraint.”

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