Innovation-speak worships at the altar of change


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Does "Innovation-speak" refer to "people who preach innovation"?

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As technology historians Lee Vinsel and Andrew Russell state in their influential Aeon essay Hail the Maintainers: “Entire societies have come to talk about innovation as if it were an inherently desirable value, like love, fraternity, courage, beauty, dignity, or responsibility. Innovation-speak worships at the altar of change, but it rarely asks who benefits, to what end?”

By John Horgan on April 16, 2018

-Scientific American

  • Myridon

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    English - US
    The language of innovation

    speak - Dictionary of English
    -speak, suffix.
    • -speak is attached to the ends of words and sometimes roots to form compound nouns that name the style or vocabulary of a certain field of work, interest, etc., that is mentioned in the first word or root:ad(vertising) + -speak → adspeak (= the jargon of advertising);art + -speak → artspeak (= the language used in discussing art).


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    English, U.S.
    George Orwell introduced the terms "newspeak" and "doublespeak" in his novel 1984.
    Since then, the suffix "-speak" has become a productive part of the language,
    meaning that people attach it freely to other words.
    It usually has a slightly disapproving connotation.
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