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  •  Gail Collins just on radio said this: (1+ / 0-)
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    Rand Paul is up in the polls because Jack Conway's Aqua Buddha ad was too weird and people turned against Jack Conway for it.

    College pranks must be ancient history and bringing a person's 'religion' into the campaign backfired, Collins said.

    Is this true?

    What can we do?

    Media Reform Action Link http://stopbigmedia.com/

    by LNK on Tue Oct 26, 2010 at 09:34:18 AM PDT

    •  yep (4+ / 0-)
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      people from the bible belt don't like to mix truth with religion.

      I was not lying. I said things that later on seemed to be untrue. Richard Nixon, discussing Watergate

      by roydoe on Tue Oct 26, 2010 at 09:36:04 AM PDT

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      •  Why Facts Do Not Matter. Brain Science. (0+ / 0-)

        Below is helpful reference material.
        I add that Mark Twain believed that The South got set back hundreds of years and lost the influence of The Enlightenment because they read too many novels by Sir Walter Scott. Where Romanticism and Mythology rule, factual truths have no impact.

        The Science of Propaganda
        Great forum with George Lakoff and others.... view or listen online:

        http://www.c-spanarchives.org/...

        The book:
        http://www.powells.com/...

        "What Orwell Didn't Know: Propaganda and the New Face of American Politics"
        Edited by ANDRÁS SZÁNTÓ

        "As Lakoff tells us,

        'A few words in political language can activate large portions of the brain: War on Terror, tax relief, illegal immigration, entitlements (turned to conservative use by Ronald Reagan), death tax, property rights, abortion on demand, cut and run, flip-flop, school choice, intelligent design, spending programs, partial birth abortion, surge, spreading freedom, private accounts, individual responsibility, energy independence.

        When they are repeated every day, extensive areas of the brain are activated over and over, and this leads to brain change. Unerasable brain change.... And every time the words are repeated, all the frames and metaphors and worldview structures are activated again and strengthened -- because recurring activation strengthens neural connections. Negation doesn't help. "I'm against the War on Terror" just activates the War on Terror metaphor and strengthens what you're against. Accepting the language of issue and arguing the other side just hurts your own cause.'

        Drew Westen, a psychology professor and political consultant, supports Lakoff's statements as well as his contention that in America these techniques have been exploited far more intelligently by the political right than by the center and left, which are hampered by what Soros calls "the Enlightenment fallacy" -- that is, the fallacious assumption (dating from the 18th century) that freedom of thought and speech will ensure that reason will prevail. The media and the Democratic leadership, Westen says, are unwittingly "smuggling Trojan horses into popular discourse" by parroting terminology created by those in power, "essentially advertising the 'product line' of the Republican party and selling its 'brand.' "

        From Barnes & Noble book review by Brooke Allen:
        http://www.barnesandnoble.com/...

        http://www.guardian.co.uk/...

        Progressives, he shows, have been suckers for a myth of human cognition he labels the enlightenment model. This holds that people make rational decisions by assessing facts. All that has to be done to persuade people is to lay out the data: they will then use it to decide which options best support their interests and desires.

        SNIP

        Our social identity is formed by a mixture of values. But psychological tests in nearly 70 countries show that values cluster in remarkably consistent patterns. Those who strongly value financial success, for example, have less empathy, stronger manipulative tendencies, a stronger attraction to hierarchy and inequality, stronger prejudices towards strangers and less concern about human rights and the environment. Those with a strong sense of self-acceptance have more empathy and greater concern for human rights, social justice and the environment. These values suppress each other: the stronger someone's extrinsic aspirations, the weaker his or her intrinsic goals.

        We are not born with our values. They are shaped by the social environment. By changing our perception of what is normal and acceptable, politics alters our minds as much as our circumstances.

        Media Reform Action Link http://stopbigmedia.com/

        by LNK on Tue Oct 26, 2010 at 09:51:34 AM PDT

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