Lallation is rough going in a public discussion. It fills multiple volumes of books (and audio tapes for listening while driving) by many of our most popular public intellectuals. Our universities could well give out doctoral awards on the basis of nothing else but lallation. I first encountered lallation when I applied for a job as a lyric writer for Enya. Turned down for that, then obviously the phud was a non-starter. Damn, damn, damn, and double damn.
It gets worse. There is political and religious lallation. The Ideology of Echo La La.
The Ideology of Echo La La? Yes, dear reader, it's a close relative of the "Ideology of Duh!" But it's completely different.
Echolalia is what most of us call parrot-talk. These days it passes for critical discourse, especially if one is a social scientist, and I think it's been proven to a statistical near certainty that sociologists are the first and worst paragons of it's use as an intellectual tool. [See: Jack and Jill Ayne, Clinical Studies of Brain-damage in Social Scientists, with particular emphasis on sociologists. Cambridge: Harvard University Press; 2007, p. 1.]
Echolalia is a full-blown ideology. Here's what it is and how it work;
An unimaginative social scientist needs a doctoral thesis that will impress a committee of unimaginative social scientists. He writes what they write. He's not stupid. The stupid ones are those who pick up the ideology as it hits the classrooms and campuses. It is there that the Ideology of La La grows into what it is today.
From the oral defence by a sociologist one hears: I hate Bush.
By the ways of echolalia, it gets repeated endlessly till it seems the most natural thing on Earth, even if all it is is a simple repetition of a few words and phrases.
Hear it once and then it's all over the school.
Do you hear Leftist cliches and Muslim whinging? It's the sound of the Ideology of Echo La La.
So, dear reader, you can see that though it's related to the "Ideology of Duh" it is completely different. We do get pretty damned sophisticated around here sometimes.