Recontextualisation - an Example

About: "if i wanted america to fail" - youtube

source: ...

Quote from Cicero of Ancient Rome about Balancing the Budget, Reducing Public Debt, and Curtailing Foreign Assistance-Truth! & Fiction!

Summary of the eRumor:
A forwarded email with a
quote dating back to 55 B.C. from Cicero of Ancient Rome about balancing the budget, reducing public debt, and curtailing foreign assistance.

The Truth:
This alleged quote from Marcus Tullius Cicero that began circulating on the Internet in October, 2008, is based on a true statement from the great Roman orator, but someone added a lot to it to make it match some of what the United States was facing economically.

The actual quote is: "The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and assistance to foreign hands should be curtailed, lest Rome fall."

updated 10/08/08

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
“The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.” -- Cicero , 55 B.C.


... The quote was originally found in the comments in the about link way above.
This example shows both adding new material, shifting timeline so as to focus on today implying more situational congruency than there actually was in the quote.

Tags

  1. spin
  2. recontextualisation
  3. lies
  4. context

Comments


Mark de LA says
seth 2012-04-25 13:59:41 15963
You should watch the video, you'd like it.  It actually is quite convincing.
I'm actually trying to phase out wasting time on things which don't suggest potential solutions like threefolding or something more besides laws, politics & regulation; more money & taxes spent on boondoggles & I encourage more consciousness instead of sheepleness. Centralization of action & problem solving is doomed to failure. Principles & Vision encouraging synergy amongst individuals moving in the consciousness & genius area of what it is like to be a human being on the face of The Earth would be my focus.
 

Mark de LA says
seth 2012-04-25 11:50:33 15963
Well, misquoting is actually lying ... sorry no official URL immediately available.


The about youtube was interesting i kind of watched the whole thing ... some very interesting issues were raised.  What i would like to see would be another youtube raising the same issues in the same sequence with the opposite emotional content, and a text transcript broken down with separate discourse trains for each issue.   Of course the implied premise that democrats intend to destroy the country is a straight on lie ... too bad about that.
Yep, I didn't watch the video at all. The quote caught my eye first. I've spoken about environmentalism before & whether there is intent or people duped/blinded with science doesn't matter to me much, the effect is the same. What we need is something different like Conscious Gaia rather than World Domination by governments flying the banner of Global Warming, Global Climate Change, Junk Science & the like just to get your votes & your money. Such could end up being healthier if things like Biodynamic Farming & natural food were grown and eaten & perhaps a lot less land devoted to carnism.


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