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Have the use of war metaphors gone too far? More specifically, does it matter? that is, do these metaphors really influence how people think and act about movies, sports, politics and "real" wars?

I would appreciate any feedback! Thanks!

  • Communication Language Studies -

    Which war metaphors do you have in mind?

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    I am talking about things like this:

    How often have you heard football and basketball teams and boxers say,

    ''It's going to be a war'' when it's just a game or a fight?

    OR

    an athlete described as a ''warrior'' when that athlete is merely a determined and successful competitor?

    Based on that, have the use of war metaphors gone too far? More specifically, does it matter? that is, do these metaphors really influence how people think and act about movies, sports, politics and "real" wars?

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    Of course this is an opinion question. I doubt if there's an increase of violence because of these war metaphors.

    Many people theorize that using warlike terms and attitudes for sports and other competitive situations provide healthy substitute for real violence. Maybe it's a "guy thing."

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    Thanks for offering your point of view!

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    You're welcome.

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