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  •  My introduction to Lakoff... (3+ / 0-)
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    mapamp, don mikulecky, Urizen

    was inauspicious.   It was a question about democrats advocating "abortion on demand."  Lakoff got angry, and denied that this was true.

    Problem is, of course it's true.  It's not the ideal way of expressing it, but "on demand" means without further recourse to law.  It is an accurate term, and Lakoff's anger was seen by me to his attempt to transform  common language into service for partisan goals.

    I oppose this whether on the left or the right.  Words do have connotations, and we are affected by all of the black arts of propaganda and public relations, but that's not the way out of the morass.

    It's development of critical thinking, transcending the image that is presented and showing how one's own evaluation transcends this framing.  Framing is nothing new, it's what advertisers do the public and lawyers to to jurors.

    It's a valuable skill, but it's not the same as finding out if the guy was actually innocent.

    •  So your anecdote negates all his work? (0+ / 0-)

      I think you are being very close to a troll here.

      An idea is not responsible for who happens to be carrying it at the moment. It stands or falls on its own merits.

      by don mikulecky on Wed Oct 19, 2011 at 06:40:48 PM PDT

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    •  I agree that words have connotations (2+ / 0-)
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      mike101, don mikulecky

      In the argument in question the place to attack is the word "demand" as in, "yes, we believe women have the right to demand control over their own bodies (the denial of which amounts to rape by the state)".

      I wasn't there, so I don't know what happened, but I concur that developing critical thinking is essential to transcending biased frames that are presented to us.  Saying "no, no, no, you're wrong!" tends to perpetuate the frame in question.  

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