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Metaphor is the Message: Reconsidering Word Use for Today's Security Environment   [open pdf - 789KB]

From the Document: "'Linguistic metaphors are mental models. The IC [Intelligence Community] must identify and use appropriately 'organic' ones if it is ever going to think realistically about--and potentially anticipate--the emergent dynamics of the increasingly complex security environment. Too often, analysts use outdated 'mechanistic' metaphors better suited to a previous era.' [...] [M]etaphors are key to one's thinking in that they are nothing less than mental models. If the IC employs a bad metaphor, it has a bad mental model. The IC then potentially, and perhaps even likely, sets itself and its clients up for misunderstanding, confusion, and surprise."

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2017-12-05
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