People use words and phrases to persuade us, not with the truth, but with feeling comfortable. If it sounds good, we want to believe it. As long as what gets said doesn’t fall in to the “too good to be true” category, alarms do not go off, and words lull us down the path laid out for us.
Let me give you a small example of what I mean so that you can try to be on the lookout for it in the big scale. Think of this as another critical thought exercise.
Let’s talk about cancel culture, free speech, and that Harper’s letter. You know the one I mean.
I analyze what I saw in the protests about stay-at-home orders at the Michigan Capitol. Let’s just say the reveal was not flattering.
Article-Breaking: Michigan Men Patriotically Protest for Larger Penises
Ken Cuccinelli recently mutilated of meaning behind the Statue of Liberty and “The New Colossus” to justify his racist policies. White nationalists right now sit in the highest seats of power in the land, pushing their horrid agendas and vandalizing our history to give them a sense of legitimacy. I broke down what’s going on. Check it out at Torchlight Media.
Torchlight Media: Trump’s White Nationalist Administration Slaps Liberty in the Face Again
Let me tell you a little story.
Now we come to my final part of this series. Bear with me here. I’m going to be making the same point multiple times but in different ways. I’m covering a concept that was hard for me to grasp, so I figure I should hedge my bets and present it in a bunch of different ways, just in case the one way I present it is hard for you to grasp too.
Roseanne Barr’s comments and the responses to them helped clarify for me some big problems with the current arguments by Conservatives when someone like Barr does something like this. They boil down to:
- Tolerate the bully, or you are a hypocrite.
- The bully is the victim here.
F*ck that noise.
Trump’s “Pocahontas” bit while honoring Navajo code talkers wasn’t the end of the world. But it still signals a big problem. Let me tell you why.
Sometimes I feel like I spend a lot of time yelling, “Look behind the curtain.” But a republic needs informed citizens, fully aware of what levers the wizard is frantically pulling while hoping we distractedly keep our eyes on the big floating head of Oz.
Let’s face it. Manipulation is a big part of what politicians do. Let’s take a look at two of the ways they do it: reframing and figleaves.
Modesty covering comes up in the darnedest of places. Even political speeches. Who would have thought it? It certainly took me a while to notice.
It is all part of the mechanics of political manipulation. Let’s face it. Manipulation is a big part of what politicians do. Being aware of the mechanics gives you better tools to assess what a politician is really saying. Maybe you will still buy what is being sold, but at least it will be with eyes wide open. (It’s sort of like dealing with used car salespeople. And I bet you’ve heard that one before.)
With that in mind, I thought I would introduce you to reframing and figleaves, along with a micro-analysis of their application. No. You did not just make a wrong turn into an art blog. And you will not need a magnifying glass and tweezers. You’ll see.