Saturday, January 27, 2007


Snave's Notes:

I love George Lakoff's books. I am currently reading "Thinking Points", an excellent guide similar to "Don't Think of an Elephant". I would recommend "Don't Think of an Elephant" first, and I believe it is a "must read" for any serious progressive. If you want to read "Thinking Points", it is online at in the form of pdf documents.

Until we are able to put ourselves in the shoes of conservatives, unpalatable as that might be, we won't be able to get our points across. Please check out "Don't Think of an Elephant", and please make comments. Links to that book and to Rockridge Institute (a lefty think tank of sorts) are in the article! Lakoff mentions "framing" quite often... to understand this more fully, check out his writings. Google "The Rockridge Institute" and you will find links to articles.

Lakoff lists a lot of guidelines, but these may be the most important:

"Show respect
Respond by reframing
Think and talk at the level of values
Say what you believe"

"Don't Think of an Elephant" is only $10, and it's worth every penny!


Blogger 1138 said...

In spite of what the writer claims, I've never seen the tactic of civility work with the current crop of right wing followers.
Not once.

9:02 PM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

Thanks, Snave. I'll look at this more closely tomorrow when I can digest it all. It's 1:30AM now, but it looks interesting. :-)

11:23 PM  

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