Tuesday OTP/Why it is difficult to talk sensibly to (most) contemporary Americans

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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 shock—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…

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20 Replies to “Tuesday OTP/Why it is difficult to talk sensibly to (most) contemporary Americans”

  1. Re: “Why it is difficult to talk sensibly to (most) contemporary Americans?”

    Dag-nab-it, Davido: That is a most significant post question for TODAY!

    Trouble is, only a few of us know the answer.

    Few ago I posted your “multi-culturalism” comments in a local talk forum. Kinda thought it would get some positive response. Had planned to post some of the comments here.

    I been called everything but a white boy! (for that post)

    [And, you, my friend, didn’t even manage to graduate from 8th grade.] 😉

    Even those who normally agree with “our” POV wouldn’t pick up any slack.

    Those “boys ‘n girls” cranked me up worst of all!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thar be a bit mo, but it’s time for me to go tonight. Still, kinda think you know where I would ultimately go with this ‘un!

    AND, it really ain’t pretty!

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  6. Re: Carl

    darn rite. i love ncaa feetball, ‘specially SEC version. this yar irritated me sufficiently that i actually missed some of the ganes that were truly of interest!

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