Monday, January 28, 2013

Words for Critical Citizens #5: provocateur

provocateur \proh-vah-kuh-TER\

: one who incites or stimulates another to action

The show's host is a notable provocateur who has made a career of creating controversy for its own sake.

"The 66-year-old director has always fared best as a provocateur. His 1991 film, JFK, might not be great history, but it did prompt the release of thousands of pages of previously classified documents. [Oliver] Stone is a relentless stirrer who is never happier than when tipping buckets on the received wisdom." — From an article by Tim Elliott in the Sydney Morning Herald, December 15, 2012

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