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  •  I disagree (4.00)
    People aren't stupid. They aren't simple either. While the ability to follow complex arguments varies, plenty of folks can and do do it all the time. Those people in turn tend to influence their peers. So serious argumentation still matters a lot. The problem is that the medium of commercial television is fundamentally hostile to that kind of presentation of ideas and therefore creates an environment in which this sort of dumbed-down discourse is the only way to "get your message out." Tips on how to conduct yourself when interviewed by Fox are fine (not that they are going to be much use to 99% of us who will never be in such a situation). Far more important is building up our own independent media capacity in which we can define not just the terms of debate but raise the standards of discourse.  

    "Tell no lies. Claim no easy victories." -- Amilcar Cabral

    by Christopher Day on Tue May 10, 2005 at 05:36:34 AM PDT

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    •  Not dumb (none)
      I don't think people are dumb. Rather, I think they are ill-informed, and because of Republicans, often misinformed.

      My post was just to draw attention to the way Republicans create short sound-bite arguments that work well on TV.

    •  Were It So (none)
      People aren't stupid. They aren't simple either. While the ability to follow complex arguments varies, plenty of folks can and do do it all the time. Those people in turn tend to influence their peers. So serious argumentation still matters a lot.

      In the words of Professor Terguson (as portrayed by the late Sam Kinison), "IS IT TRUE?"

      Sadly, if it were:

      • There'd be half a million registered Kossacks. Instead, there's only a tenth of that number.
      • Kerry would have won in a landslide (despite his shortcomings).
      • Dubya wouldn't have beaten Ann Richards.

      It breaks my heart. I believe in the power of intellect. But I also know what I've seen, and I've heard what I've heard. The general public does not read at a 12th grade level, and most folks make themselves far too busy in other parts of their lives to spend multiple hours in a week researching how they themselves should vote.

      I used to be an idealist ...

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