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Red and Blue Worldview

by David Sturtz

Listened a bit to George Lakoff on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, speaking about “The Thinking Behind Red and Blue States.” I’m downloading the full audio at the moment to give it another listen. The snippets I caught were about the way liberals and conservatives view government’s role, and seemed to reflect the understanding I’ve gained from this year’s election.

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Tom Kertes | October 27, 2004 12:28 AM

He also talks a lot about framing and its role in discourse. An example of this is how the debate on extending civil marriage rights to gays and lesbians is framed. One thing that liberals need to learn from neo-conservatives is how to better frame issues in terms favorable to the desired outcome. A good example is how anti-gay rights advocates have seized the movement for extending civil marriage rights as a way to bolster the religious political base and to oppose civil rights for gays and lesbians. They use message discipline along with discourse framing to get their message across - regardless of how their views are reported.