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Response to LBM20 (Original post)

Sun Dec 10, 2017, 10:43 PM

129. The ghost of Rolande Barthes is demanding that I analyze this thread

because it is currently the most popular thread at DU, which tells us something---but maybe not what we think.

Lots of inflammatory words here. Lots of BIG LETTERS. They catch the eye, they stir the imagination. Let's get rid of the little words and see what the guts sees when it skims through this piece.

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DUMB Gillibrand DUMB lynch mobbing of Franken! RUSHING TO JUDGEMENT!! shady and WEAK EVIL of FALSE EQUIVALENCY mob mentality mega-hypocrites and weaklings.Bad call! lynchmob route pissed off in a big way causing needless gender divisions swept down the rabbit hole of media frenzy and mob mentality. STUPID!"


First thing I notice: a false equivalence. Al Franken was not lynched. This is what a lynching looks like:



This is what your gut saw four times when you read the words "lynch mobbing", "mob mentality", 'lynchmob route" and "mob mentality." This picture is why these words get you fired up. But Al Franken was not lynched. He was a victim of character assassination. Big difference. How big a difference? Here is what you look like after character assassination:



Next, there is the breast beating. "DUMB. DUMB shady WEAK EVIL hypocrites weaklings bad call needless frenzy swept down the rabbit hole. STUPID" Who would want to be associated with a group of people like that? No one. That is why I am a Democrat and not a Republican, because those words describe the current GOP to a T. And yet, they are presented as a critique of the Democrats which then begs the question "If Democrats are the same as Republicans, why do I even bother to vote?" and we all know how helpful that attitude has been for our country.

Now a few words about Republican propaganda. I am not saying that the text above it Republican propaganda. I just want to share a few things to keep in mind when reading political essays on the Internet. One, Divide and Conquer is the GOP's favorite tool. And two, when they are caught with their hands in the cookie jar or with their pants down, they always resort to They All Do It (so why even bother voting?). Whenever you read anything political always ask yourself "Does this effectively divide and conquer my party?' and "Does this make me think that my vote is wasted on my party?"



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