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  •  I had a thought the other day, about all of this (12+ / 0-)

    Jbou, this isn't aimed at you - just as an addendum to what you wrote.

    Many years ago, before I was deeply into politics (I still voted and did my homework), I remember walking through Pike Place Market in Seattle.

    I think it was Left Bank Books I was passing. Not sure.

    In any case, people were handing out leaflets there for a small newspaper they produced. They walked up to me, and handed me a leaflet, all the while talking about their newspaper and what their message was.

    Honestly? All I remember of their message was a bunch of buzzwords. Bourgeoisie. Capitalist. Fascist. So on and so forth. I took the leaflet, and walked away, hearing that same refrain as they spouted off their message to anyone who would listen. And damned few were listening.

    Do you know why Fox News does as well as it does? Why so many listen? One of the reasons is that they're careful to couch their propaganda in language that doesn't shut down the ears of those listening. They craft their lies very carefully - in words that stick to the ear, not ones that fall on the ground unheeded. They leave most of the crazy rhetoric to their base.... and they just hint at it. They suggest and inflame, but with simple weasel words.

    I still feel my eyes glazing over when I see (or hear) the kind of rhetoric the people at Pike Place used all those years ago. It Does Not Help Your Cause.

    Stasi. Corporatist. Bankster. So on and so forth.

    At that rate you're speaking to the choir, because they're the only ones who aren't turned off by that kind of language.

    It's like the LaRoucheBags.... with their Obama as Hitler signs. They look like nutjobs - well, they really ARE. But it doesn't help to use the kind of "buzzword buzzword buzzword am I really crazy or just trying too hard to prove how smart I am" rhetoric that turns people off. (Not comparing anyone here to the LaRouchies - just saying that they sound perfectly sane to their own inner group, but not to anyone outside of it. Same for Westboro. Think about that for a moment.)

    Complain at me all you want for saying it, but if you got out of your narrow thinking and looked at it with an open mind - you would see what I'm saying is true.

    Talk to people about the fact that they're being watched, and that their privacy is being violated. Tell them you care about what happens to them. Tell them you would like them to get involved in fixing this.

    But when you start talking about "Stasi" or "Corporate State" or "Fascism" and all of that, you lose the attention of anyone who isn't already firmly in your corner. Because it just sounds like bees, droning on in their ears... buzzz.... buzzz.... buzzwords... If you want people to listen, then talk to them. Don't spout.

    "We have only the moral ground we actually inhabit, not the moral ground we claim." - It Really Is That Important

    by Diogenes2008 on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 01:46:39 PM PST

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