bad writing

Orwell's Idea of Bad Writing

Submitted by ccurtin on Tue, 2009-11-17 22:44

Earlier this year, Hillary Clinton gave a speech before the Council on Foreign Relations (The entirety of the address can be found at the link below) that seems to reaffirm George Orwell's belief that "it is broadly true that political writing is bad writing," as stated in his work Politics and the English Language. It is not that Clinton's speech is bad writing in the sense that grammatical errors run rampant throughout its text, it is the fact that the wording and meaning of her statements are often confusing, irrelevant, or obscure. By the middle of the Address it is even easy for the audience to forget that her speech is even about foreign relations as it heads of on a humanitarian tangent. All together, Clinton's address is yet another example of bad political writing.

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