Tautology. Yes, I know, it’s an ugly word. But so is the thing. Tautology is this verbal device which consists in defining like by like …. Since it is magical, it can of course only take refuge behind the argument of authority: thus do parents at the end of their tether reply to the child who keeps on asking for explanations: ‘because that’s how it is,’ or even better: ‘just because, that’s all.'”

Roland Barthes, Mythologies


I’m toying with the idea of tautologies of violence, mostly as used by the media, for a new project. (as in:

. . . who died of a fatal dose of heroin

major nuclear disaster could have been sparked off . . .)

I need to keep looking as I’ve not found many today….

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