Framing the Issues

Framing the Issues

Postby JerryB » Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:10 pm

The Right Wing are masters at framing issues. They have been trying to define the Occupy movement as a Communist Movement led by anarchists, so in a way being leaderless and without an ideology (other than domination and exploitation of the 99% by the 1%) is good because it makes it difficult for them to slime us.

George Lakoff is great at framing issues. I would recommend that everyone on the communications committee start studying his writings. Read " Don't Think Of An Elephant" This explains why the right hates the Occupy Movement so much. The right has a Strict Father Figure world view, in which a strong leader needs to tell the ignorant masses what to do.They believe that people are inherently bad and need discipline (and religion) to teach them right from wrong.
The Occupy movement is more like the Nurturing Family Worldview, in which people are considered inherently good but that if they are not nurtured, they can be turned bad, by a bad environment. http://berkeley.edu/news/media/releases ... koff.shtml

This explains why the right is so much better at framing than the left. http://berkeley.edu/news/media/releases ... koff.shtml

Here is his advice for us. http://redgreenandblue.org/2011/10/21/w ... ll-street/

One of the problems of a movement without leaders is that without intelligent charismatic leaders to define the movement, the right will try to define it by using the worst in the movement. The right is sending out this video to define the Occupy movement. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OW56Z-0xwIQ

Without a defined ideology, goals, demands, the movement will be defined by the shootings that occurred, the drug overdoses, the violence, the unsanitary conditions of the camps, and everything negative that happens.
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Re: Framing the Issues

Postby KatieDee » Sun Nov 20, 2011 5:27 pm

I disagree. If we frame our demands and goals, we can also be co-opted, and vilified for the goals we seek. Also, if we have "demands," and they are met, what then? I understand that the media tells the story in this country, but not all of it is vilifying us. Some media is getting the message right - that we don't have a message right now, and don't need one, other than We are trying to have a conversation about what is going on in this country right now, and we want to see change.
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Re: Framing the Issues

Postby KatieDee » Sun Nov 20, 2011 5:30 pm

ALSO, we are not "the left." We have many different political ideologies. It is more complicated than it seems. And I for one (I am not speaking for Occupy Eugene) do not want to parrot the "right"'s tactics.
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