Language as Symbolic Action

"Even if any given terminology is a reflection of reality, by its very nature as a terminology it must be a selection of reality; and to this extent is must also function as a deflection of reality". - Kenneth Burke, Language as Symbolic Action, p. 45.

In this passage Burke begins to lay out the implications of the concept of "terminisitic screens". Ultimately, Burke points out that the way that something is spoken of is necessary part of the relationship between the user and the thing itself. This relationship, then, allows the user to interface with others by and about the object / Idea, but it also serves as a way of obscuring understanding. The way that the term functions to make the object clear also functions as a means of limiting the potential for understanding. This seems significant in that plurality of meaning is so often enforced.