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  •  "framing" is not a debate tactic... (0+ / 0-)

    ...but rather a matter of epistemology.

    I worry that, in discussions of framing, the implicit premise is that there's only an arbitrary correspondence between the frame and the picture, the substance within it.

    Framing is really about analytical precision and as such is not something to impose for strategic purposes, but rather is something that emerges from observation.

    I'm an historian and I like to think that the writing of history amounts to more than just arbitrary frames, but that those frames indeed shed light on the truth and reality of a given set of data.

    ...But Achilles, weeping, sat down at a distance far from his companions, beside the whitening waves, his eyes fixed upon the boundless sea.

    by weeping for brunnhilde on Tue Jan 16, 2007 at 10:36:37 AM PST

    •  Line from a song . . . (0+ / 0-)

      "History is written,
      To say 'it wasn't our fault,
      wasn't our fault.'"

      • Sam Phillips, "Martinis and Bikinis

      While there are attempts to make history "more than just arbitrary frames," I think that from the time of Livy, Caesar, et al most history is "framed" in a manner that reflects the prejudices and view of the reporter/historian.

      If you read Lakoff's work, I think you will see that while ideally framing might emerge from observation, the right wing has strategically manipulated the frame and we need to be able to exercise the same strategy in self defense.

      And, speaking of framing emerging from observation, that is how this diary came to be!  It was my wife who, while watching the News Hour, started asking me why they don't call what is going on in Iraq "religious violence" since in her mind, that is what it is.

      When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and the purity of its heart. - Emerson

      by foolrex on Tue Jan 16, 2007 at 12:17:15 PM PST

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