Monday, July 14, 2008

Why the New Yorker "Satire" Didn't Work

On AlterNet, Don Hazen explains why satire that accepts the repug frame causes so much damage.

One essential point is that drawing attention to negative frames and reprehensible media figures, even in an attempt to answer them, can have the effect of reinforcing them. It is almost always better to frame one's own positive message and not mention the bad frame or framer.

In other words, repeating the lie, even in the process of refuting it, merely serves to reinforce the lie.

Read the whole thing.

Meanwhile, Hillbilly Report's Jim Pence knows how to deal with the destructive New Yorker cover: Don't Get Mad, Get Even!

Cross-posted at Blue in the Bluegrass.