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By Don Watson

Half diatribe, half cool mirrored image at the nation of Australia's public language, Don Watson's loss of life Sentence is scathing, humorous and brilliant.

‘ ... in public existence the language hasn't ever been held in much less regard. It withers within the dungeons of the technocratic brain. it's butchered by means of the media. In politics it lacks all skills for the most game.'

Almost sixty years in the past, George Orwell defined the decay of language and why this threatened democratic society. yet in comparison to what we now undergo, the general public language of Orwell's day brimmed with lifestyles and fact. Today's enterprises, executive departments, information media, and, probably so much dangerously, politicians – communicate to one another and to us in cliched, impenetrable, dead sludge.

Don Watson can endure it not. In loss of life Sentence, half diatribe, half cool mirrored image at the kingdom of Australia's public language, he is taking a blowtorch to the phrases – and their clients – who kill pleasure, mind's eye and readability. Scathing, humorous and exceptional, demise Sentence is a small ebook of profound weight – and timeliness. -

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Quoique plus répandue, la fréquen­ tation des musées demeure une pratique assez minoritaire, qui concerne moins d’un tiers de la population, même si elle est en légère augmentation : lors de la première enquête en 1973, 27 % des Français déclaraient avoir visité au moins une fois un musée dans l’année écoulée ; ils seront 33 9c vingt ans plus tard. C’est également une pratique socialement hiérarchisée : l'écart est de l à 3 environ entre catégories socioprofessionnelles, avec 23 % des agriculteurs et 65 9c des cadres supérieurs et professions libérales |Donnat, 19991.

VI / Médiation Le terme « médiation » est d’usage récent dans la discipline : désignant tout ce qui intervient entre une œuvre et sa réception, il tend à remplacer « distribution » ou « institutions ».

C’est ce principe qu'a suivi Nathalie Heinich pour étudier la « gloire de Van Gogh » 119911, dans un « essai d'anthropologie de l'admiration ». 56 La Gloire de Van Gogh L'analyse de la « fortune critique » de Van Gogh dans les dix ans apres sa m ort révèle que. loin d 'a v o ir été ignorée ou incomprise, son œuvre a etc rem arquée et meme célébrée par la critique spécialisée. Pourtant, la proli­ fération des biographies et des études portant sur sa vie autant que sur son œuvre, qui n’ont cesse de s’amplifier d an s le co u ra n t du x x ' siè c le , alimentent l’idée, largement répandue auprès de ses admirateurs, que sa fin trag iq u e fut la co n séq u en ce de l'incompréhension dont il aurait été la victime.

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