I've been fascinated by the Canadian zombie movie Pontypool. I went through and transcribed the parts about the infection of language.
Dr. Mendez (about the infection of another character): "That's it, he is gone. He is just a crude radio signal, seeking.
Mendez: No ... it can't be, it can't be. It's viral, that much is clear. But not of the blood, not of the air, not on or even in our bodies. It is here.
Mendez: It is in words. Not all words, not all speaking, but in some. Some words are infected. And it spreads out when the contaminated word is spoken. Ohhhh. We are witnessing the emergence of a new arrangement for life ... and our language is its host. It could have sprung spontaneously out of a perception. If it found its way into language it could leap into reality itself, changing everything. It may be boundless. It may be a God bug.
Grant: OK, Dr. Mendez. Look, I don't even believe in UFOs, so I ... I've got to stop you there with that God bug thing.
Mendez: Well that is very sensible because UFOs don't exist. But I assure you, there is a monster loose and it is bouncing through our language, frantically trying to keep its host alive.
Grant: Is this transmission itself ... um ...
Mendez: No, no, no, no. If the bug enters us, it does not enter by making contact with our eardrum. It enters us when we hear the word and we understand it. Understand?
It is when the word is understood that the virus takes hold. And it copies itself in our understanding.
Grant: Should we be ... talking about this?
Sydney: What are we talking about?
Grant: Should we be talking at all?
Mendez: Well, to be safe, no, probably not. Talking is risky, and well, talk radio is high risk. And so ... we should stop.
Grant: But, we need to tell people about this. People need to know. We have to get this out.
Mendez: Well it's your call Mr Mazzy. But let's just hope that your getting out there doesn't destroy your world.
Grant: "He (Dr. Mendes) said that understanding copies the virus.
How do you not understand something? How do you take a word and make it strange?
If not understanding a word disinfects it? ..."
Sydney: "You kill the word that's killing you."
Grant Mazzy on air: "you have to stop understanding what you are saying. Stop understanding what you are saying."
Sydney Briar to Grant: "you're making sense. If you say 'don't understand it' it defeats the purpose"
(Announcement from outside in French which is subtitled in English), "Sydney Briar! Stop the broadcast! Stop the broadcast! The man who is speaking is sick."
Grant Mazzy: "The sky is a person. Laughter is walking ..."
(Sound of gunfire outside)
Sydney: "Shit ... they're killing people ..."
Grant on air: "Stop killing people ... Just listen to me. Listen to me."
Sydney: "Everyone's dead."
Grant on air: "You're just killing scared people. It's what you always do. You are killing scared people. You are like dogs. You smell fear and you pounce. Well, what the fuck happened today folks? Someone took a buzzsaw to your middle and they pulled out a wheeling devil and they spilled it right across your anthill. But you know what folks? We were never making sense. We were never making sense.
And today, today, when armageddon leaches out into your good, good mornings, you know what? It's just another day. Another day in Pontypool. The sun came up; you did what you did yesterday, and its exactly what you will do tomorrow.
Today's news folks ... Today's late-breaking, developing, just-across-my-desk news story is this. It's not the end of the world folks. It's just the end of the day. This is Grant Mazzy for CLSY Radio Nowhere. And I'm still here you cock-suckers.
(Announcement from outside in French with English subtitles), "10 ... 9 ... 8 ... "
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