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California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Created: February 4, 2006
Latest Update: February 4, 2006

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Index of Topics on Site Watching the Right Wing Reframe an Issue: Marriage
This article is based on a National Review (right-wing perspective) article by Stanley Kurtz: Dissolving Marriage: If everything is marriage, then nothing is.. . . Backup. I accessed the article on February 4, 2006, to illustrate how both Republicans and Democrats are reframing arguments to reflect basic values on which they differ. (see Behavioral Training for Obsolescence.

What This Lecture Is About: (Repeated in Marriage Lecture.)

I'd like to examine the two articles, one on marriage, one on obsolescence and waste, as a means to understanding reframing in terms of values. We are experiencing an unprecedented appeal to sophisticated reasoning in an electoral climate which is both never-ending and given to sound bites. The sophisticated reasoning was not taught to most us - my generation is often unaware of it because of the newness of the cognitive linguistics field. And it has never been taught below college level, to my knowledge. The sound bites in our campaign literature and materials use values to persuade, and the values are often mis-represented.

Basically, what I'm saying is that if you want to know what's going on in our government discourse right now, you're gonna have to understand reframing and an appeal to values. Something Americans haven't practiced in a long, long time. Then once we understand that, we'll try to figure out where all this fits in No child Left Behind.

Analysis soon . . . jeanne



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