Topic: Election Notes
Eschew nuance, and odd words. Notes on what really matters...
I cite the Guardian in the UK too much. Consider this -
Ah well, same on this side of the pond. Thus Bush is preferred to Kerry, the overly clever one. Keep it simple. Eschew nuance, and odd words.
But screw Drake. Imagine Gandalf at Trafalgar. I have to admit that would have been way cool - he slams his wizard staff down on the deck of the HMS Victory and proclaims, "You shall not PASS!" Cool. But we got Admiral Nelson instead. Too bad.
So, the British kids and most American adults don't like detail, or don't mind getting it wrong. And most Americans hope their leaders don't get bogged down in all this detail and nuance.
What do most American adults care about? Just what has Bush tapped into that assures him the election?
A University of Arizona psychological researcher, Mark Landau, has they answer. Folks just don't want to die.
UA study suggests people reminded of 9/11 support Bush
Judd Slivka, The Arizona Republic, Aug. 12, 2004 12:00 AM
This covers the University of Arizona study that suggests, when reminded about Sept. 11 and mortality, people wanted Bush as their leader and not John Kerry.
Of course. And the detail?
This will be a "primal" campaign, or so it would seem.
We want our Gandalf. It really is more than a practical decision people are making. We want the myth, not detailed and accurate truth.
It's not exactly that we want our leaders to lie to us, but we want something like that. John Kennedy in 1962 said this when he gave the commencement address at Yale that year - "The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie deliberate, contrived and dishonest but the myth persistent, persuasive and unrealistic." But that's what we want, or so it would seem.
Rick, The News Guy in Atlanta, comments on people wanting the myth, not the reality -
Yes, such "practicality" has its limits.
And people will believe what they need to believe. I guess we need myths.