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  •  Thank you. (10+ / 0-)

    Personally, I'm just more into reasonable and relatively honest adults deciding what happens in the shared and Common Space tv functions as.

    of course, i think the result of that would be: people would want to know things. Practical things, general knowledge things... if the public had a real say in programming (and no, choosing whether Big Brother or American Idol is what you'll watch tonight is not "real say)....

    We'd be much better off.

    Plus, I think it could be fun. My suggested "How People Use Words to Lie" "Debating Tricks" or whatever, spots could be created by various teachers and students: every school making what they want and having some mechanism for the best 20% or so to be broadcast.

    Thing is: media-as-is does not exist for our purposes; in fact works against our purposes. And without changing that, there's not going to be real change.


    Markos! Not only are the Gates Not Crashed, they've fallen on us. Actual Representatives are what we urgently need, because we have almost none.

    by Jim P on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 08:23:40 AM PST

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    •  Your suggestion used to be taught (9+ / 0-)

      routinely in high school English classes as part of the unit on logic and rhetoric in writing, and by debate coaches/instructors in their classes.

      Sadly, I guess that's one more useful thing in schools that has fallen victim to the standardized test monster. There is no time left to teach anything actually useful in the real world that might make a person more aware of the hidden persuaders he or she encounters each day.

      I'm not sure schools even have debate classes any longer -- or even debate teams. That might be money diverted from athletics, and we can't have that. /s

      "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

      by Brooke In Seattle on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 09:31:59 AM PST

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