Thursday, March 01, 2012

Right Face, March!



When I heard Rachel Maddow using some graphs from a political scientist at the University of Georgia, I knew I would have to come home and watch them on the internet. You should too. She does a much better job of explaining it all, so I’ll just shut up and let you watch.

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If this concept intrigues you -- this shifting of the center to the right -- I’d highly recommend you read this blog post from What Would Vannevar Blog?. (BTW, I’m pretty sure I recommended this particular blog post before.)

RHETORIC, THE GOLDEN MEAN, AND THE OVERTON WINDOW

”So let’s say you work at a think tank, and you have a Client who has a Cause. Their cause is way out of the range of what’s acceptable in public discourse. In fact, the Cause is Unthinkable.

You make a few press releases about Concept-B , of things even more extreme than the cause. You’re setting new boundaries on the spectrum. You’re talking in a way that makes people a little bit nervous. All of a sudden, people are thinking that your ideas (which were once unthinkable) are now simply radical.

You come up with an even crazier concept, Concept-C, and you get some grad students to start protesting and blogging about it. Now, they’ve defined a new extreme. Their Concept-C is Unthinkable, Concept-B is Radical, and your client’s cause is now moving into Acceptable.”


Yes, big thinking is taking place over there at WWVB. There always is.

If you would like to take a look at the source data for Rachel’s segment, I took the time to find that too. Fair warning, that site makes my head hurt more than WWVB does.

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Don Brown
March 1, 2012

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