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Flannery O’Connor summed it up pretty well:
“When you can assume that your audience holds the same beliefs you do, you can relax a little and use more normal ways of talking to it; when you have to assume that it does not, then you have to make your vision apparent by shockâ€”to the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost blind you draw large and startling figures.”
Since more and more Americans are stunted by poorer and poorer education, mind-numbed by mass media and drugged by consumerism, making rational arguments from fact is a difficult, and often impossible, task.
When talking to politicians *spit* blinded by massively greedy ambition, the task becomes much more difficult by several orders of magnitude…
Hence the shouting, chest-thumping, rock throwing and BIG BANGs that sometimes take place here at twc.
To get a mule’s attention, sometimes you first have to…