Sometime client Peter Sandbach, comms maestro at Roche, as well as one of their leading morris dancers, was kind enough to send me a link to his recent lively and robust TEDx assault on corporate gobbledegook – bizarrely denied full publication on account of its use of the word ‘bullshit’ – the central theme of the talk.
An interesting followup comment in the ensuing thread calling for full publication alerted me to an essay, subsequently book, ‘On Bullshit’, written by one Harry G. Frankfurt, which suggests that the essence of BS is not that it is false, but that it is words used, whether in print or speech, not to communicate but to impress. Sounds about right to me.
A day or two later, I came across a review in The Guardian decrying the political version, as in:
Seems to be a lot of it about.