Everyone has an opinion. You think the Democratic Party should stand up for progressive ideals. Or you think the Democratic Party should meet voters ‘where they are at’ to play up moderate views. Maybe you think the Democratic Party is terrible. Or you think the Democratic Party should do something else. No matter what, everyone has an opinion. Your opinion sucks.
I cared about professional wrestling once. It was the mid-to-late 90’s. Grunge rock was still a thing, but had given way to hip hop as the dominant music pop culture. I was a teenager. So, rebellion was natural for me – a suburban white boy rebelling against “the man.” Of course I didn’t know what I was talking about (15 year-olds rarely do), but I felt a vague frustration with the world. I briefly found an outlet for that frustration in wrestling.
We are living in a volatile political environment. You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people — now 11 million. He tweets and retweets their offensive hateful mean-spirited rhetoric. Now, some of those folks — they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America. But the other basket […]
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I have previously written about how people tend to gather and remember information best thru stories, or narratives. This is narrative bias.
.In my previous post about narrative bias, I detailed how telling stories is the preferred information-gathering system for us all. So if that is the case, what would a political narrative be? We’ll get to that…
As we sat in a circle on the floor of our large conference room, I looked around at those sitting next to me to see how they felt about this next exercise.
Consider these three headlines: “8th Grade Health Class Squirms Throughout Entire Screening of ‘Miracle of Abortion’ “’Hail Satan!’: The New ‘Pro-Choice’ Mantra” “Sometimes When Things Get Really Stressful, I Close My Eyes, Sit Back and Pretend I’m Back in Kenya” By Barack Obama
A wealth of social psychology studies over the past two decades have allowed us a better glimpse into the way we think.