14434Re: Results in WA - technique of "framing"
- Feb 28, 2005Hi Sean
I think this judgement is a litle harsh. I take your point about
framing - as I think most people on this list would - but remember
there are bigger structures - we can re-frame things but our access
to the media etc makes it of limited use. I'm sure your aware of
this but some of what you say makes it sound like the marginalisation
of socialist ideas is just a matter of terminology.
Ian has a case in point. John Anderson makes a stupid remark which
plays his electorates prejudices and it mainstream news all day,
while Bob Brown's re-frame is basically ignored. The media calls the
WEF protests in Melbourne "anti-globalisation" and there's a limit to
what you can do with that to re-label it because they have the power
to repeat it and you have a limited power to contest it. The
socialist movement has a long tradition of 'transitional demands'
which are essentially reframes.
That said I tend to agree with you that it may well be time to
abandon old terms that don't convey our meaning but that is a
political decision about how best to carry the fight forward not just
a matter of finding a better terminology.
--- In GreenLeft_discussion@yahoogroups.com, "Sean Diggins"
> Increasingly, we see the SA and other groups which contain giftedthinkers
> being further marginalised by their stubborn refusal to thinkoutside the
> existing boxes, or (perhaps more tellingly) lack of interest inmoving
> beyond endless discussion/argument within the communityof "believers".
> The right know how to recruit.
> Increasingly, the left do not.
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