22 April 2009

You say Toe-may-toe, I say you lying bastard

Am I the only person on the planet sick and tired of hearing "innovation" as the reason for the meltdown? The Wall Street scum steal our money, then they steal the language outright.

Time was, innovation meant an improvement. A better way to make widgets. A new widget that didn't exist before, and which does something for society that is useful. The iPhone, which I won't buy for lots of reasons, is arguably an innovation. It is a new widget which some folks find more useful than other phones.

Somehow, I cannot accept that finding new and shady ways to game both law and regulation, for the sole purpose of taking money from society at large, can be termed "innovation". By that definition, Al Capone was a master of innovation. No thanks.

The most irritating use: some decide that creating new law or regulation is pointless because the Wall Street crowd will "innovate" to defeat said laws or regulations. I guess Orwell was right; Newspeak has arrived. A quote from the book: "It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words."

And here is Orwell: "I said earlier that the decadence of our language is probably curable. Those who deny this would argue, if they produced an argument at all, that language merely reflects existing social conditions, and that we cannot influence its development by any direct tinkering with words or constructions."

Mayhaps a bit of rioting in the streets is in order.

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