chomsky concision law

Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) tweeted at 5:06 AM – 5 Dec 2016 :

Twitter breeds group-think for many reasons: a big one is “concision” factor Chomsky applied to TV: way worse here (

Noam Chomsky on Concision in the US Media

the beauty of concision.. is that you can then only repeat conventional thoughts..

suppose you don’t say something that is just regurgitating conventional pieties.. suppose you say something that is the least bit unexpected or controversial… people will quite reasonably expect to know what you mean.. why did you say that.. i never heard that before.. if you said that.. better have a reason/evidence… you can’t give evidence.. *if you’re stuck with concision.. that’s the genius of this structural constraint

not to mention if there is no evidence.. which i’m questioning if there ever is .. of anything.. ie: so much of our ‘data’ is not us.. science of people ness



Noam Chomsky

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