AOS 2 unit 4 journal: Dead Poets Society meets Team Australia under captain Abbott

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Title  Dead Poets Society meets Team Australia under captain Abbott
Date  26th August 2014
Author  David Rowe



Publication  The Conversation
Key Ideas (Point Form)
  • Tony Abbot is using sports metaphors to sell his security reforms.
  • Representing the Australian culture as a sporting team.
Feature of Language
  • Metaphors
  • Informal language
  • Language to encourage solidarity
Aspects of the Course this Article Relates to.  The use of informal language in
– encouraging intimacy, solidarity and equality
– maintaining positive face needsThe use of formal language in
–  manipulating or obfuscating 
My opinion on the Article’s comments.  Tony Abbot is using language to try and convince Australians to get on board with the governments new national security reforms. He is doing this by using metaphors to try and blur the lines between the Australian government with the Australia’s popular national sporting teams. Australia’s sporting teams are very popular with the public and by using language which is from the sports domain it can manipulate the public into having popular view on the government. While this may appeal to many Australians, others will find this use of language inappropriate and unprofessional. It would not impress those who are keen followers of politics in Australia.
Quotes  “What has made sport so uniquely effective a medium for inculcating national feelings, at all events for males, is the ease with which even the least political or public individuals can identify with the nation as symbolised by young persons excelling at what practically every man wants, or at one time in his life has wanted, to be good at. The imagined community of millions seems more real as a team of 11 named people.” Eric Hobsbawm” The transparent intention of evoking Team Australia is to encourage the kind of collective purpose and identity evident when the Australian cricket or Olympic teams are “doing battle” as if – as is the case with war – their very lives depended on it.”

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