When the Skulkin failed to retrieve the first Golden Weapon, Garmadon changed tactics; he ordered Samukai to pursue Cole , Jay , Zane , and Kai on their search for the weapons, but to hold back just enough to let the Ninja claim them. In desperation, the master used the Sword of Fire to cut off a platform of rock and fall into the Underworld.
Unperturbed by this, Garmadon sat on his throne and forced Wu to battle Samukai, who was wielding the other three Golden Weapons. The Skulkin general was victorious and took the Sword of Fire. However, Samukai refused Garmadon's order to give the weapons to him, planning to use the weapons to reclaim control of the Underworld. At this, Garmadon laughed, revealing that Samukai's betrayal was the final step in his plan.
Suddenly, the Green Ninja saved Zane and easily kicked Garmadon out of the ship. When the Serpentine were released and united under Pythor , Master Wu left the Ninja to seek aid, but not before revealing to them some of his and Lord Garmadon's past together. Upon arrival, Wu immediately discovered Lord Garmadon, who had developed an extra set of arms in order to possess the Four Golden Weapons. Forming an alliance with his brother in order to save his son, Garmadon led Wu across the wastelands in search of a way to return to Ninjago.
Eventually, they found a portal that sent them back to Ninjago. Once Master Wu returned to the Destiny's Bounty , he explained the situation; Lord Garmadon would be staying with them until Lloyd was rescued from the Serpentine. Although the Ninja were skeptical of his cause, they agreed, and promptly discovered that their old foe had picked up several odd habits, such as brushing his teeth with a dagger, "sunbathing" in the middle of a raging storm, and eating nothing but Condensed Evil.
The two ended up fighting after Kai spotted Garmadon holding the Golden Weapons. Kai eventually triumphed—however, to his disappointment, Garmadon allowed himself to be defeated as he was only gathering the Weapons at Wu's request. Despite the other Ninja's disapproval, Kai remained highly suspicious of Garmadon. There, Lord Garmadon defeated several Serpentine and saved Lloyd , but the temple ended up collapsing due to the volcano's instability, causing Lloyd to lose his footing and become separated from the group.
Despite his protests, Garmadon was forced to leave with the other Ninja before the volcano could erupt. Fortunately, Kai managed to save Lloyd by unlocking his True Potential. Back on the Destiny's Bounty , Garmadon was reunited with his son at last, and genuinely thanked Kai for saving Lloyd. Lord Garmadon's pride in his son's great potential was deflated somewhat when everyone realized that this meant Lloyd was destined to meet his own father in a battle for the fate of Ninjago. When Lloyd suggested that they instead focus on retrieving the other three, Lord Garmadon pointed out that they had no idea where the Serpentine were hiding.
Unable to resist such an opportunity, Garmadon attempted to hack into the Destiny's Bounty computer systems to gain information on the Ninja. When Lloyd discovered him and accused him of betraying the Ninja's trust, Garmadon admitted that he couldn't help it, having evil literally running through his blood. He also took the opportunity to tell Lloyd that Master Wu had a great destiny set for him, and that Lloyd could still make whatever choices he wanted for his life. When Nya reported that they were captured by the Serpentine and being held hostage, Lord Garmadon attempted to help, but Lloyd refused to allow him, demanding for his father to leave instead.
With the Fangblades in the Ninjas' possession, Garmadon decided to depart, believing that he was no longer needed. Before he left, he assured Lloyd that he was very proud of his son's destiny, even if it meant that they were destined to battle each other for the fate of the world. As Lord Garmadon was visiting Ninjago City's tea shop, looking to return to his dark dimension, a news report showing the Ninja struggling to contain the Devourer came on the nearby television. Despite their suspicions, the Ninja relinquished their weapons to Garmadon, informing him about the weak spot on the Devourer's head.
Lord Garmadon asked the Ninja to prevent the beast from moving so he could get a clear shot at its weakness, before running off with an evil laugh. He proceeded to observe the Ninjas' battle against the Great Devourer from atop a skyscraper—when the serpent was immobilized, he dealt the finishing blow, proclaiming it was out of revenge for turning him evil.
He disappeared in the aftermath of the Devourer's destruction, taking the Golden Weapons with him. Offering the new ship to the Serpentine, Lord Garmadon gained the allegiance of the snakes—apart from Skales and the other Generals—and led them aboard the Black Bounty. He also informed the Serpentine of the prophecy of the Green Ninja, explaining that he must prevent Lloyd from reaching his true potential.
Chokun suggested killing Lloyd, only to be sent to the brig under Garmadon's orders who subsequently forbidding the Serpentine from hurting Lloyd. Instead, Garmadon explained that they would focus on destroying Master Wu and the other four Ninja—without his teachers, Lloyd would never reach his full potential, and Garmadon's plans could continue. Shortly after, the Serpentine generals apart from Skales joined Garmadon's cause and he proudly presented the Mega Weapon before them. However the generals began to question if Garmadon actually knew what the weapon did, causing Garmadon to note that he just didn't have anything to use it on.
At that moment, a serpentine entered the bridge and reported that they had sighted the Ultra Dragon. Though he tried to use the weapon to destroy, it did nothing and eventually the dragon got away. Hastily blaming the Serpentine's poor navigation skills for ruining his shot, he retreated to his cabin to angrily ponder why the weapon refused to obey him. This time, the Mega Weapon responded, recreating Captain Soto and his crew of pirates, but Garmadon was severely drained of energy in the process. He then realized that the Mega Weapon could only create, not destroy, shortly before being locked in the brig along with the rest of his Serpentine crew by the pirates.
Now aware of the Mega Weapon's power and limitations, Lord Garmadon called his Serpentine together for a brainstorming session on how to beat the Ninja. Despite claiming that there were no bad ideas, he had several Serpentine thrown overboard for their poor suggestions such as creating another group of pirates, recreating the Great Devourer, or making a really big ham sandwich before hitting upon the idea of making evil mirrors of the Ninja themselves.
When the Bizarro Ninja were destroyed, Garmadon contacted the Ninjas' Ultra Sonic Raider to vow that he would get his revenge, only for Lloyd to cut the transmission with his newly-honed powers over lightning. Lord Garmadon led the Serpentine into the Ninjago Museum of History , where he used the Mega Weapon to revive a prehistoric monster called the Grundle. The Ninja interfered with the process, forcing the villains to retreat, but the Grundle was still revived—unbeknownst to Garmadon, the Ninja themselves had also been reduced to children as a side effect.
Due to departing, Garmadon did not witness the Ninjas' confrontation with the Grundle, or Lloyd's defeat of it using a magic tea that turned time forward again. As a result, the Grundle was fossilized yet again, the four Ninja were returned to their proper ages, and Lloyd aged out of childhood. Bent on destroying the Ninja once and for all, Lord Garmadon retreated to Ouroboros, which he apparently repaired at some point to make it livable again. While preparing his forces for a final assault, he was ambushed by the Ninja, including a teenage Lloyd. Shocked at his son's growth and improved powers, Garmadon fled, wishing that the Ninja had never existed in the first place—this gave him the idea to create a portal to the past and change the future to ensure that Lloyd would never become the Green Ninja.
On the way back to the Underworld, he overheard Nuckal commenting that he thought he saw two Kais, and realized that the Ninja of the present had followed him to the past. Lord Garmadon was in the Skulkin camp in the Forest of Tranquility when the Ninja secretly delivered Nya to the skeletons; to counter the Ninjas' interference, Garmadon sought the aid of his own past self, quickly explaining the situation and formulating a new plan. When Past Kai saved Nya in the Fire Temple, he found himself attacked—not by his own shadow, but by the present version of Lord Garmadon.
The present Ninja were forced to intervene, but Garmadon held them off until Jay suggested using the Golden Weapons of the past against the Mega Weapon. The combined energies sent the Mega Weapon into space and undid all of the changes to the past—with the present apparently changed so that Garmadon never created it in the first place. Ironically, Skales's betrayal led Garmadon to the object of his quest; when he came to, he found himself on the shores of the Island of Darkness.
When Garmadon turned the dials, the full Island of Darkness arose from the sea, and the Overlord revealed his plans to upset the balance of the world so that Garmadon could remake Ninjago in his own image. To Lord Garmadon's dismay, the next step towards his destiny involved scaling a series of rugged cliffs and mountains.
He demanded to know why he had to prove his evil worth to the Overlord, but the enigmatic entity merely urged him onward, promising that a great power awaited at the end of the trial. At the Overlord's command, Garmadon took the helmet, causing the clock's hands to begin moving—the Overlord revealed that the former would give Garmadon control over the Stone Army , while the latter was counting down to the final battle between light and darkness. Pleased with this new development, Garmadon triumphantly announced his return to the darkened skies above. With the Stone Army at his command, Lord Garmadon began traveling the Island of Darkness, observing the army's operations.
He was confused to see most of the soldiers working in mines, but the Overlord explained that they were searching for a dark material made of concentrated evil, which they could use to build an ultimate weapon against the Ninja. Garmadon laughed maniacally at this, declaring that he liked the sound of that. Lord Garmadon proceeded to set up a base camp where the ultimate weapon could be constructed, monitoring the Stone Army's progress on both building the weapon and mining Dark Matter. The Overlord appeared again there, warning him that the Ninja had made it to the Island of Darkness in search of the Temple of Light.
Garmadon deployed his forces to capture the Ninja, only to eventually learn that the heroes had succeeded in their quest, enhancing their powers far beyond their previous limits—worse yet, Lloyd had gained the power of the Ultimate Spinjitzu Master, making him even stronger.
Atop the cliff where the Celestial Clock rested, Garmadon commented that the Overlord's army wasn't as indestructible as they had thought. The Overlord was unperturbed, claiming that their strength was also growing—the ultimate weapon would be completed just as the countdown reached zero, and then nothing would stop darkness from overwhelming the light at last. As the Celestial Clock continued to count down, Lord Garmadon began increasing the defenses around his camp, worrying that the Ninja might try to attack him directly before the ultimate weapon could be completed.
The Overlord commented that his resolve seemed to be wavering, despite Garmadon's denials. The Overlord's prodding over his reluctance to kill Lloyd eventually caused Garmadon to snap at nearby soldiers, telling them to double their effort on the ultimate weapon's development. They former couple argued about Garmadon's path to evil, and the villain admitted that he had wanted Misako to see things his way so she could rule by his side. As he lamented that Misako was one of a very small number of people who could truly understand him, Garmadon realized that he had been tricked—Misako had stolen the Helmet of Shadows in a last desperate attempt to halt the Celestial Clock.
When the Overlord reminded him that the Ninja could turn the Stone Army against him if they wore the Helmet of Shadows, Garmadon resolved to chase them down personally, conducting a furious chase through the jungle. Lord Garmadon emerged from the wreckage, weakened and vulnerable, but his son hesitated to kill him, allowing the Stone Army to catch up with the Ninja. Garmadon left the rest of the chase to his minions as he regained his strength, but eventually noticed a strange beam of energy soaring over the trees.
The Overlord told him that the countdown had ended and the final battle was about to begin, leading Garmadon back to the base camp and revealing that the ultimate weapon was finally complete. Presented with the weapon—dubbed " Garmatron " by the Overlord—Lord Garmadon gleefully declared that it was more beautiful than he could have imagined and joined the Overlord in laughing triumphantly.
Shortly after the completion of the Garmatron, the Stone Army arrived before Garmadon, presenting his recovered helmet as well as a prisoner— Nya. Garmadon tested the Dark Matter on Nya, transforming her into a loyal servant. Ordering Nya to ambush the heroes if they followed him, Lord Garmadon boarded the Garmatron and set out for the coast, accompanied by the Overlord and the Stone Army.
After arriving on the coast, Garmadon ordered the Stone Army to begin loading Dark Matter into the Garmatron's main cannon, but his actual attack was delayed when Lloyd, Misako, and Master Wu arrived. Garmadon furiously denied their pleas to stop his actions, declaring that he was too far gone for any hope of redemption—the only way he could reunite with his family was to make them along with the rest of the world as evil as he was. With that, Garmadon activated the Garmatron's main cannon, only to discover that the weapon required a twenty-second warm-up period.
Lloyd attempted to stop the countdown, and briefly grappled with his father before Kozu pinned him down, allowing the Garmatron to fire on the village of Ignacia. Trying to prevent Garmadon from firing again, Lloyd summoned his powers in an attempt to escape Kozu's grip. In response, Garmadon used a hidden trapdoor to drop Kozu and Lloyd out of the Garmatron. With Lloyd out of the way, Lord Garmadon fired his next Dark Matter missile at Jamanakai Village , upsetting the balance of light and darkness enough for the Overlord to begin manifesting in Ninjago.
It was then that Garmadon discovered the truth: the Overlord had no intention of letting him rule Ninjago. During Lloyd's battle against the Overlord, the former asserted that Lord Garmadon was still alive and unwilling to harm him. At this, Lord Garmadon briefly retook control of his body from the Overlord, leaving himself open for Lloyd's assault.
Unfortunately, the Overlord soon regained control, completely subduing Lord Garmadon's mind and taking full control of his body. Garmadon was thought to have been destroyed after Lloyd defeated the Overlord, as his body had been completely transformed into that of the Overlord's true form. However, Garmadon awoke amid the rubble calling for Lloyd, completely purified of evil—not only was he himself again, but the dark magic that had given him four arms and the Devourer's venom that had turned him evil in the first place had all disappeared.
Amazed and overjoyed at his new appearance, Garmadon happily reunited with his family, telling Master Wu that it felt good to be free of evil at last, He was last seen walking off with Misako and Lloyd, eager to catch up on the bonding time he had missed due to his curse. Hoping to make up for all of his evil actions, Garmadon made a vow never to fight again. He was pardoned by the Emperor of all of his crimes at a public ceremony. He handily defeated Lloyd in a sparring session, invoking his son's anger, but cautioned his son against giving in to such feelings, having been overcome by rage himself in the past.
As night fell, the pair stopped by a nearby river to drink. As they fled Garmadon accidentally fired the vehicle's cannons while attempting to find an afterburner to increase their speed, much to his dismay. The other four Just as the dragon was about to capture them however, the Ninja succeed in shutting down the power to all of Ninjago, and the Dragon collapsed in front of them.
Though Lloyd believed they should return, Garmadon remained firm in continuing to put distance between themselves and New Ninjago City until the Overlord has been permanently deleted. As father and son passed through a rocky gorge, Garmadon paused to teach Lloyd about the importance of balance by having the Green Ninja balance rocks. Upon placing a boulder atop the pile, Lloyd lost control and the rock tower collapsed. Giving up, Garmadon determined that they should continue forward, though without the use of the Golden Dragon.
Garmadon and Lloyd eventually came to a broken bridge, prohibiting their path forward. Garmadon saw this as an opportunity for Lloyd to unlock more of the First Spinjitzu Master's powers and ordered his son to move the mountain in front of him to create a path across. Though the Golden Ninja managed to move pieces into place, he lost focus at the end and the bridge crumbled. Their path eventually took them to a large mountain that they were forced to scale. Lloyd joked that Garmadon's former extra set of arms would of come in useful here, though Garmadon noted that his son's sense of humor lacked in comparison to his Golden Power.
As the master reached the top of the mountain, he was alarmed to see that Lloyd had stopped to help a Ravture youngling. As he feared, the father was not far away and attacked the duo. Garmadon began to frantically climb away only to be grabbed by the father ravture and thrown off the mountainside. It was then that Lloyd found himself able to move mountains and managed to create a hand to catch his father. The father and son ravture were reunited and left, while Lloyd created a stairway down the mountain with his newfound abilities.
On their way down, the Falcon arrived with a message from Nya warning them of a mysterious Stranger who had taken the hardrive containing the Overlord. As the message ended, Garmadon noted that they were near Hiroshi's Labyrinth and determined they should head there to hide.
Lloyd agree and they descended into the forest to get lost. Garmadon and Lloyd make it inside of Hiroshi's Labyrinth, and Lloyd comments that whoever made it through the jungle was better than him. Garmadon also comments that there is an oasis at the middle of the jungle, that no one has seen before. When they make it to the oasis however, they only have a moment to rest as Techno Wu and a squad of Nindroids ambush the duo. Garmadon faces his brother again as Lloyd escapes, yet Wu is victorious and Garmadon is taken aboard the MechDragon.
When Pythor steals Lloyd's power, the Overlord comments that Garmadon is no use to them, and he throws him overboard. As the MechDragon flies off, Garmadon surfaces and vows that he will find Lloyd again. Garmadon flung his assimilated brother out the window before revealing himself and attacked Pythor, as the latter expressed surprise that Garmadon broke his oath.
Garmadon claimed that as they took his son, he had done away with his oath never to fight again. After the Serpentine managed to escape in a Hover-Copter, Garmadon slid down the side of the building where he faced Techno Wu again. The battle quickly turned against Garmadon's favor and he was forced to retreat to the very edge of the cell tower.
However just as Techno Wu prepared to finish him off, the Ninja successfully reboot the system, thereby returning Wu to his regular self. The brothers returned to Borg's Office where the Ninja, P. Garmadon accompanied Wu and the other Ninja back to the Temple of Light wherein Lloyd returned his elemental powers to the four Ninja. Garmadon voiced his disprovable of the plan to Wu, who in return reminds him that it was Lloyd's choice, not his and encourages the Ninja to take risks.
Garmadon remained optimistic, knowing that as the protectors of Ninjago, they were without the luxury of rest. They later discover that the Overlord intends to retrieve the Golden Weapons from space, where they were sent following the Mega-Weapon's destruction-an event that only Garmadon and the four Ninja who traveled back in time can remember due to their involvement in it.
L later discloses this to Kai who sets for the truck carrying the some of the parts of the rocket. He, Wu, Nya, and P. Garmadon is outraged that Wu would allow such a thing, but nevertheless watched as the rocket departed for the heavens.
However, their communications were discovered by Pythor who lead a squad of Nindroids to attack Borg Industries. The Ninja, along with Garmadon and his brother, run across rooftops towards the Golden Master—whose powers don't affect them due to their Stone Warrior armor, which wards off the golden power. Upon reaching Borg Tower, where the Golden Master has created a massive "spider-web" using his golden powers, Garmadon and Wu work together to propel the pill towards their ancient adversary, but Pythor intervenes and devours it.
The Golden Master then seizes Garmadon and the other Ninja, except Zane, who sacrifices himself to freeze the Golden Master, with both being killed in the process. Garmadon attends Zane's funeral, and joins his brother and the Ninja as they crowd around each other and watch snow fall from the sky. He went to ask his son for help but the latter told him that he was going on a fishing trip with his friends as Garmadon was happy they reconnected. Lloyd then asks his father if there were others with elemental powers like him and the Ninja.
Garmadon questions Lloyd why he asked him that, to Lloyd's response with nothing. He feels suspicious of his son and then heads towards his son's room where he found at that he casted the fishing rod against the wall and left it there. As Garmadon looks around and questions what is going on, he notices and spots a takeout carton and realizes Chen was involved with son's mysterious behavior.
Garmadon tries to stop the Ninja but they are insisted on going due to the fact that Zane may still be alive and this was a chance to find him. After failing to dissuade his son from going, Garmadon decides to join him on the journey. Clouse initially refuses to let Garmadon on the ship stating there was no room, but Garmadon boards anyway after knocking off a grunt and Clouse allows this act.
On the ferry, Garmadon tells the Ninja about Clouse being a dangerous wizard and Chen's second-in-command. Soon, the Ninja meet various people using different kinds of powers as Kai asks Garmadon why he or Wu never told them there were other with abilities like them as Garmadon explains there were things they didn't want them to know as he tells the Ninja about the Elemental Masters who are descended from previous elemental users. When Kai noted the same went for him and his sister, Garmadon tells a confused Kai that Nya might have the element of Water but it just needed to be unlocked.
Garmadon makes note of a few of major Elemental Masters. Clouse then announces to everyone that they're about to reach Chen's Island before calling Chen himself and telling him that Garmadon has returned. Garmadon tells the Ninja that he swore never to return to the island while the Ninja contemplate whether they'll be able to find Zane. After arriving on the island, Clouse speaks to Garmadon and states that Chen will be pleased to see him again while tensely referring to him as Sensei.
During the Serpentine War , Chen betrayed the Elemental Masters by siding with the Serpentine before being exiled to his island fortress as part of a deal for his surrender. After the tournament bracket is revealed he is kicked out of Chen's fortress by Clouse, but sneaks back in during the first round. After catching Clouse using his dark magic to sabotage Lloyd, Garmadon attacks him, the grapple enabling Lloyd to claim one of the Jadeblades.
He then takes part in the group's discussion regarding the urgency of finding Zane. Garmadon expressed confidence in Neuro's ability to succeed, and was proved right despite Bolobo's early advantage. Unfortunately, the Ninja were soon forced to contend with an unpleasant development: Chen changing the tournament roster so that Jay and Cole were forced to battle each other.
He wisely reasoned that the pair would have to reconcile or fail, and was pleased when they renewed their friendship. Unfortunately, Cole was forced to forfeit in order to insure that at least one of them would continue to advance in the tournament. He would then tell the Ninja that they should try to befriend their competition or they would try to defeat them. Garmadon and the remaining Ninja were heartened by the fact that they had managed to form an alliance with the other competitors, only for Chen to mislead the group by telling them that his intent was to award his Staff of Elements to the winner of the tournament.
Things start looking up as they learn from a disguised Nya—who had infiltrated Chen's Kabuki —that there was a spy in their midst. The Ninja soon receive a fortune cookie from Skylor that says Cole and Zane will be breaking out very soon as they express relief that Cole manage to find their friends. Garmadon later joined the Ninja in attempting to uncover the spy, providing the helpful hint that a minion of Chen would have an Anacondrai tattoo on their back like his.
However, as they were dropped onto the island, it was determined that the parachutes left for them by Chen were one short given Garmadon's presence. Both grabbed onto a parachute, and Garmadon attempted to sacrifice himself so that Lloyd could use it, but Lloyd refused, opened the parachute for him and left him shocked. A few seconds later Garmadon was happy that his son succesfully managed to summon his dragon. Working together, the pair soon discovered that Nya had left a false trail for her pursuers and a real one for her friends.
Along the way, Garmadon revealed to Lloyd the full details of his previous allegiance to Chen and how he received the title of Lord from him after defeating Clouse. Likewise, he explained their involvement in the Serpentine Wars, including his adding his own signature to Wu's letter to Misako.
He also revealed that he had never told Misako or Wu the truth, but that he didn't regret it being that Lloyd wouldn't exist as a result. Lloyd then encouraged him to come clean with his wife and brother, and Garmadon agreed to do so. Unfortunately, they found Nya just in time to learn Chen's true plan: to use the stolen powers to turn him and his Anacondrai Cultists into Anacondrai. Garmadon, Nya, and Lloyd soon assault Chen's Fortress in a bid to rescue the others and stop Chen's plan. Captured and imprisoned alongside Nya, Garmadon was mocked by Chen and Clouse, who visited them to taunt them over his victory over Lloyd.
Garmadon angrily questioned the location of his son as Chen stated he will take Lloyd's power at the ceremony which Garmadon can't attend as Chen was still hurt at his leave. Nya wondered how Chen beat Lloyd which Chen stated he had help revealing Kai was the one who did so. Garmadon was angered Chen turned the Ninja against each other as he did their ancestors before grabbing Skylor, attempting to use her as way to be released but Chen and Clouse called his bluff.
Sometime later, Clouse's pet serpent arrived which Garmadon viewed as karma accrued by his role in destroying the Great Devourer. Following much of the Anacondrai Cultists' capture, Garmadon was with the five Ninja, exclaiming his pride within the five, saying that they did what the original Elemental Masters could not: stick together. Unfortunately, the pair got into a dogfight with Clouse and Chen, the former leaping onto the Roto-Jet to sabotage it.
Garmadon exited the craft to engage his former classmate, and knocked him off the plane. Their battle resumed on the ground, with Clouse opening a portal to the Cursed Realm in an effort to rid himself of Garmadon and claim his old title of Lord. However, Garmadon managed to drag Clouse into the portal before climbing over him to escape it, which caused him to remark on his dislike of Magic. Sadly, Garmadon's victory would be short-lived, as Chen used Skylor's powers to fuel his spell and turn the Anacondrai Cultists—including Skylor and Garmadon—into Anacondrai.
Garmadon assured a sad Lloyd he was still on his side as Chen's forces soon overpowered the Elemental Masters with sheer strength, speed, and numbers causing them to retreat to the palace. While there, Garmadon was nearly attacked by Jay, who confused him for one of the Cultist, but Lloyd quickly explained it as Jay told Garmadon to pick a body and sticking with it. The Masters then watched as Chen's army escaped the island, leaving Garmadon and his young allies apparently stranded.
However, Zane and Kai's success in summoning a Titanium Dragon and Elemental Fire Dragon inspired the others to overcome their fears summon forth their own Elemental Dragons, and they set out for Ninjago. Garmadon rode on Lloyd's Dragon and told the Masters a battle from the past had returned but stated they will rise to face off against it.
Jul 05, Stefano Ugliano rated it it was amazing. This book filled me with anger down to every and each fibre of my pointless being. Recommended to Bryan by: Kelly played a Youtube short presntation about it for me. Mar 11, Holmes rated it really liked it. In this book, Steven Poole goes to great lengths to cite evidence for "Unspeak", a term he coins for the "mode of speech that persuades by stealth". He describes dozens of examples, including phrases like "pro-life", "ethnic cleansing" and "freedom is on the march".
He accuses mostly the American and British political and corporate circles of drilling these misleading terms into the minds of the public, cleverly hiding political arguments in euphemistic-sounding terms. For example, if you're not In this book, Steven Poole goes to great lengths to cite evidence for "Unspeak", a term he coins for the "mode of speech that persuades by stealth". For example, if you're not pro-life, what does that make you? This book offers a lot of food for thought.
We are encouraged to have a thoughtful mind and a critical eye on everything, but rarely do we reflect on the name itself. Names, when repeated often enough, enter into our subconscious and we are not even aware of their appropriateness. This is in fact a kind of subliminal brainwash.
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But we are not powerless. What we can do is quite simple: stay vigilant. When we encounter a new term, think about it thoroughly to see if it hides any political connotation. We may not be able to stop the onslaught of Unspeak, but at least we can refuse to be heedless perpetrators. The book is not without flaws though. Steven Poole has truly done a lot of research on this, but sometimes he gets a little carried away, treating almost all government-speak and media-speak to be Unspeak.
Although it is true that "words have consequences in the world", the consequences are not always as dire as he thinks. He condemns the term "ethnic cleansing" and argues that people are misled by the positive term "cleansing". This is simply a naive belief. All around the world people are fully aware of the atrocity of acts of "ethnic cleansing" helped by graphic news photographs no doubt , and I doubt if any educated person would mistake it for, say, scrubbing the back of an immigrant.
It is true that people are influenced by the names of things, but sooner or later they will be able to see through the names and get to the heart of the matter. Unspeak is not as devastating as he thinks. Aug 22, John rated it it was amazing. It's not exactly "framing" Lakoff and it's not "Newspeak" Orwell but a combination of the two and more as well.
One of Poole's arguments is that, by analyzing unspeak, one can really begin to understand what the person doing the speaking wants or believes. Drawing mostly from the last couple of decades and especially "Unspeak" is the art of speaking while doing two things: 1 Avoiding discussion of the unspoken assumptions behind words, and 2 simultaneously silencing the counter-argument. Drawing mostly from the last couple of decades and especially the last ten years or so Poole goes through a large variety of examples, taking special care to examine how the words used really betray the speaker's actual desires.
You can imagine that this gives the work a mostly partisan flavor, although I think Poole usually doesn't take sides - the unspeak speaks for itself, as it were. This is a clever and useful idea, I think. Poole keeps a blog at unspeak. It's fascinating and maddening, so check it out.
May 03, Lee Transue rated it really liked it. It's essentially a study on how words and phrases are created by governments, organizations, media outlets, etc. Practically every topical issue is discussed, and I think most mindful readers will find the sections on such atrocious, misleading phrases like "Intelligent Design," and "War on Terror" equally fascinating and infuriating. There are certainly lags I found the sections on global warming, "anti-social behavior," and a few others to be surprisingly bland , but for the most part, "Unspeak" is a well-articulated, pointed meditation on propaganda in the modern world.
One last note: Orwell fans will find this book particularly chilling. Aug 14, Alan Marr rated it liked it. This is a thoroughly enjoyable and challenging book about the way we are "spoken to" by those who lead us or aspire to lead us. There are terms used by them and others that "smuggle in" a political opinion.
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The genius behind them is that if you disagree with them you are :"Against Choice" "Opposed to Life" and an "Enemy of the Earth". I also thought of "Border Protection" in our current climate. There are other terms t This is a thoroughly enjoyable and challenging book about the way we are "spoken to" by those who lead us or aspire to lead us. There are other terms that kind of suck us into believing things are worse than they really are "Weapons of mass Destruction" or better than they really are "Conventional weapons", "Smart weapons", "surgical strikes".
I really liked the book. I only gave it a 3 because the information is a little dated and the shock values is not as great as it would have been 6 or 7 years ago. Language has long been a powerful manipulator of public opinion. British author Steven Poole reinforces this truism in his book, Unspeak.
How public figures use speech and coin phrases can drastically change the way citizens view politicians and policies. Poole spends most of his well-researched tome on milit Language has long been a powerful manipulator of public opinion. Poole spends most of his well-researched tome on military and political issues, but also covers ingenious ways that authorities manipulate language after mistakes, in order to minimize their own noninvolvement. A fascinating reminder of the power of words.
May 04, Patrick rated it liked it. And I'm not sure that anyone is fooled by terms like 'ethnic cleansing'. Certainly I think of genocide, or at the very least, forced homelessness, rather than fairy liquid. He's dead right about that horrible phrase "human resources" though. Today, you're useful to us in accounts.
Tomorrow, we might better deploy you as fuel for our new human flesh powered power station Or something View all 5 comments. This is a book all about language, and how the terms and titles used by politicians and the media are carefully thought out for maximum impact.
And the use and abuse of language makes for a very interesting read.
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Jun 30, David rated it liked it. The author writes about how we use language to force people to think a certain way, and so far he seems to do this somewhat even-handedly, and admits that he does it himself, inviting us to find examples of him doing the very thing he is condemning. He points out that the terms Pro-choice and Pro-life, for example, both skew the argument in the user's favour.