Don't Buy It: The Trouble with Talking Nonsense about the



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  1. Adam Adam says:

    Anat Shenker Osorio takes on a number of issues with the way that liberals and progressives communicate She argues that the Left is often clear on what it s against, but is seldom clear about what it is for The Left gets bogged down with long explanations instead of short sound bytes The Left is polite and civil and consequently looks weak and defensive And many on the Left continue to operate under the long disproven notion that simply conveying well researched truths will persuade we cli Anat Shenker Osorio takes on a number of issues with the way that liberals and progressives communicate She argues that the Left is often clear on what it s against, but is seldom clear about what it is for The Left gets bogged down with long explanations instead of short sound bytes The Left is polite and civil and consequently looks weak and defensive And many on the Left continue to operate under the long disproven notion that simply conveying well researched truths will persuade we cling to the notion that facts are our best friends and will set us free 35 When it comes to communicating about the economy, she continues, the Left often lapses into using the communication frames of conservatives What conservatives make sure we imbibe though rarely through overt directives is the notion that people and nature exist primarily to serve the economy Thus, the only valid measure of success is economic growth If this comes at the expense of air quality, leisure time, life expectancy, or happiness, that s fine all of these are secondary 18 Conservatives language reflects the metaphor that the economy is some omnipotent being which has agency and which we cannot manipulate Lack sacrificing to a god, we as workers must appease the economy with our labor In order for the Left to advance its economic policies, we have to describe how the economy works That involves demystifying As Shenker Osorio puts it, The economy is nothingthan the sum of our collective endeavors 45 To argue economic policy, we have to demonstrate cause and effect in the economy We have to state with confidence that when we implement X economic policy, we will achieve Y outcome Our messaging on the Left must use metaphors for the economy that accurately reflect the fact that the economy is something we drive For that reason, the author suggests that we use the metaphors of an object in motion or a vehicle to describe the economy Similarly, we must show that the actions and policies of conservatives block the economy from moving forward By assigning blame to actor, it reinforces the understanding that the economy only changes for the fact that it is mutable by humans If we don t assigning blame to the rightful opponents, then we allow people to fall back on the now hegemonic conservative view that people are to blame themselves for being poor Where conservatives see personal fault, most others are quick to name misfortune Poverty is an accident of birth, a twist of fate, a string of band hands played out over a lifetime For example, Whitney Tilson, a director at Democrats for Education Reform, states, Poor children can accomplish great things in spite of the cards they have been dealt This sentiment is widespread Nobel laureate in economics James Heckman argues, The accident of birth is the greatest source of inequality In fact, we commonly call the poor the less fortunate The pesky facts tell a very different story The poor are neither unmotivated nor unlucky To put it plainly they re being screwed 109 Similarly, we repeat the phrase that people lose their homes As Shenker Osorio writes Even I, who lose my keys on a weekly basis, have never managed to misplace my house People do not lose their homes Lenders seize them evicting grandmothers and forcing fathers to tell school kids their rooms are no longer their own 143 And yet another example To paraphrase Ellen Bravo of 9 to 5, people say women earn less than men because they don t ask formoney Women earn less than men because men pay them less 146.She points out that if no opponents are to blame, then nothing needs to be done to the economy The unemployment rate rose and The dollar fell suggest that these figures are self propelled This belies the human actions or failure to act lying behind observed outcomes 139 In considering just how we frame our talk about wages, we would do better to talk about them as returns to workers for the value they ve created Wages are a share of the profits workers generate Over the last thirty years business has given workers less and less of the wealth they created, or Over the last thrity years CEOs have confiscated and hoardedandof the wealth their workers created 141.Like when they communicate about the economy, conservatives also mystify when they communicate about the government, as if it is an entity that is not comprised of people When we fail to see government as made up of people, it s harder to hold those in power accountable Consider the portion of our government that consistently receives positive reviews it s also one of the few whose members are named as people I m speaking, of course, of the military oraptly our brave men and women in arms Van Jones often remarks that he s never met a public sector worker Neither have I The people we know are teachers, firefighters, public health nurses, and police officers By calling them what they really are, Jones is conveying something the spokespeople for the armed forces intuitively grasp it s much easier to vilify a category that it is to generate distaste for actual people 145 The author provocatively points out that we do damage when we deliberately evoke our opponents worldview to appeal to where we think people are when arguing our own policies For example, when defending women s right to choose, we shouldn t repeat what some defenders have done when they say government out of my uterus Because without government to help train new obstetricians at public medical schools and to ensure access to the procedure for all women, abortion has become for may a right we can t exercise 183 Shenker Osorio reminds us that it was never true that government had no role to play in women s reproductive care 183.Even when the Left does communicate with the right frames, the tone is too weak While progressives tread lightly and seek not to offend, conservatives turn up the volume full blast on even the most outlandish of their opinions They do not meet people where they are They plant a flag where they d like people to go and start a march there This way, each subsequent time they introduced the idea, it would sound less and less crazy As a result,moderate suggestions that wouldn t have even been up for debate a decade ago, like raising the retirement age and capping benefits, now sound like sensible centrism that Democrats would embrace before it s too late 184 185 In this way, the Left s communication strategies can cede ground to the Right As an alternative, Shenker Osorio cites Ryan Clayton s in saying that a winning message is one that engages the base, persuades the middle and provokes the opposition to reveal its true colors We too need to offer red meat if we want the diehards in our movement to desire to repeat our messages 186 I actually think that in the Trump moment this book was written in 2012 the Left is doing this The social movements led by Black Lives Matter, Fight for 15, Our Revolution, and the Democratic Socialists of America are engaging, persuading, and provoking It s the centrist Democrats who need some help


  2. Haplea Haplea says:

    The book is focused on the spin and messaging of economic and political ideas according to which side is using them, with the conservative side being the target of this avowed progressive writer The writer, a communication expert, is doing an excellent job at analyzing the political language and its conveyed meanings, but the share of the economics analysis itself is less than 20% of the book content, which unfortunately is leaving not much meat She is attacking the irrational belief that word The book is focused on the spin and messaging of economic and political ideas according to which side is using them, with the conservative side being the target of this avowed progressive writer The writer, a communication expert, is doing an excellent job at analyzing the political language and its conveyed meanings, but the share of the economics analysis itself is less than 20% of the book content, which unfortunately is leaving not much meat She is attacking the irrational belief that words can change reality, similar to the beliefs in the virtues of positive attitude so dear to Americans, to solve problems I remember that in 1970 s a French minister, criticized for lacking a positive attitude, was appropriately responding to his critics even with the best positive attitude the grass will not grow faster , or religious miracles so dear to the Catholic Church, despite the lack of evidence to support any of them But she makes quite clear the point that words nevertheless can pervert the perception of reality by ordinary people who are manipulated in acting against their own interests, therefore the democrats must use this tool better than their opponents, the republicans, if they want to win the political argument.The famous Talleyrand, the prince of diplomats , has said that speech was given to man to disguise his thoughts , but today Americans have gone even further, using metaphors to publically deceive about the facts, shamefully becoming very adept to this, from President to the car salesman, as to make Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda minister, green with envy In essence, the use of carefully chosen metaphors is meant to lie and deceive about facts, and the author is complaining only that republicans are better at this than democrats, and pleads for democrats to become at least equal, if not better, at using cunning metaphors to brain wash people in the right direction She seems to believe, talking about our fellow Americans , that they are unable to see the crude truth unless cooked by professional manipulators, and seems not to realize that any misleading story has short legs, does not go far, and is not the solution to anything good At least I was thought in school to believe so.Thomas Paine, the equal of Washington in making liberty possible according to Edison among many other great men, has used only plain English worlds in his Common Sense to convey the truth, not metaphors, because truth is powerful enough to dispense with verbiage tricks, a crunch good only for helping lies Paine s words and their truth have been sufficient to start a revolution of the American people How it happened that nowadays truth is no longer enough, have the Americans changed so much What about the immorality of lying by pretending nothing happened pinpointed by Mark Twain and prevalent in our media today Coming down to the avowed subject of the book, how to fight the inequality in US, I have to agree with the principle that everyone is getting what he she deserves to me, the American people do not deserve better because they have never really fought for better opportunities in F.D.R era the reforms came from the top, not from the bottom By contrast, for example, the French people had countless times revolted against their government the Great Revolution of 1789, the 1830 and 1848 revolutions, the Commune of Paris of 1872, the Popular Front of 1930 s similar to the F.D.R era , the 1986 youth rebellion, etc., and the results are here to show a real democracy, the number one quality health care in the world public and for everyone, including the immigrants , 30 working days minimum vacation plus 9 legal holidays, like when I was a fresh immigrant in Germany in 1992 working a week of only 37 hours , colleges tuition free, a less unequal society, an earlier retirement age 60 versus 66 , a happier and longer life 81 versus 78 years in US , arelaxed and less crime ridden life, etc And I am sure the French will again take to the streets if the actual capitalism system fails them, will abolish it, and replace it with a new economy To me, changing metaphors to foster reforms, like the author advocates in this book, will never do the trick for the American people.In conclusion, the book is an interesting reading about nowadays pathologic use of language to me, worse that the defunct communist wooden language , by media and politicians, through spinning and cunning metaphors, but not really an economics book, as the title suggests


  3. Shonna Froebel Shonna Froebel says:

    I found this book fascinating It deals with two subjects I find interesting, economics and language The author talks about the use of language around the economy in the United States and how that use feeds the political arguments around the economy She is progressive politically and shows how the conservatives language is dominant right now and how progressives can work to change that.Right now the dominant view of the US economy and indeed economy in general is as an entity unto itself So I found this book fascinating It deals with two subjects I find interesting, economics and language The author talks about the use of language around the economy in the United States and how that use feeds the political arguments around the economy She is progressive politically and shows how the conservatives language is dominant right now and how progressives can work to change that.Right now the dominant view of the US economy and indeed economy in general is as an entity unto itself Some refer to it like a god, with people being asked to sacrifice for the sake of the economy Some refer to it as a living organism that does what it does without outside influence Neither of these are true, but they work to the conservative s agenda.One of the biggest problems is the lack of understanding by most people about how the economy actually works, that what we do changes the direction of the economy One common fallacy is that spending is using up money Spending money transfers that money to someone else, who can also use it and that can continue again and again 70% of the US GDP is from consumer spending, which means that consumers have a huge influence on the economy Another common fallacy is economic mobility, which conservatives sell as the ability of anyone to move up Mobility actually works both ways, but no one mentions downward mobility Financial literacy has actually decreased in recent years, with fewer people with a good understanding of how even basic finance like mortgages work This makes it easier to create false stories that influence these people As the author emphasizes time and time again, the economy is NOT an independent entity, but the result of our collective endeavours.Progressives can change this in several ways One, is changing the language to one that uses metaphors of man made things like cars i.e drive the economy to indicate that some control is needed and that the economy is something we created Another is to tell people what they can do as individuals to change the economy to something that works for the people and the planet.Many talk of economics as a science, with rules that govern it, but the author shows in vivid ways how these rules aren t rules at all, but merely convenient constructs to illustrate behaviours.She also suggests four things that can be done to move the economy in the right direction, a direction that will work for the majority of people and for the planet If only everyone from politicians to those that vote for them would read and understand these lessons


  4. Nancy Nancy says:

    This is not a book about the economy it is a book about propaganda It is also a reflection on how Americans accept and expect to be coerced by language After all, we are constantly bombarding with advertising, targeting our vulnerabitlites with half truths, trying to coerce us into buying products We accept this as normal This book reveals the machinations of political speech, which according to Shenker Osorio, has been mastered by conservatives However, Shenker Osorio employed this very t This is not a book about the economy it is a book about propaganda It is also a reflection on how Americans accept and expect to be coerced by language After all, we are constantly bombarding with advertising, targeting our vulnerabitlites with half truths, trying to coerce us into buying products We accept this as normal This book reveals the machinations of political speech, which according to Shenker Osorio, has been mastered by conservatives However, Shenker Osorio employed this very tactic while titling her book I had no idea that this book would not be about the economy, and I felt manipulated into thinking that it would be about the economy and economic reporting I also took exception to some of her critiques of how the economy works She seems to believe that the economy can be totally controlled The power of emotion is ridiculed, even though the stock market is riddled with emotions It is apparent to me that Shenker Osorio is not an economist Her over simplicfications are startling I do think that economic policies are the only tangible method for dealing with economics, and that they may have an affect on some economic outcomes, but not to the degree that she advocates.Most of the book is about progressive policies what they should be, how much better they are than conservatives, and how to sell these policies to Americans Economics is only one of the many policies discussed.In short, if you want to read about how wonderful progressives are, and how evil conservatives are, this is the book for you If you want to read about how to manipulate language to make your point, you will enjoy this book I think that the book should have been titled, How the Evil Conservatives Use of Metaphors Is Better than the Intelligent and Humane Progressives Use of Metaphors


  5. Sam Hummel Sam Hummel says:

    The writing was insufferable Anat spent so much time lecturing, lambasting, and deconstructing other people s words that I lost my patience I skipped ahead to try to figure out what Anat is actually recommending and found her recommendations to be absolutely buried inside pages and pages of petty point scoring prose I gotout of reading Adam s review below than out of the book If Adam s page number citations are correct, Anat s meaningful recommendations mostly occur in the 43 pages bet The writing was insufferable Anat spent so much time lecturing, lambasting, and deconstructing other people s words that I lost my patience I skipped ahead to try to figure out what Anat is actually recommending and found her recommendations to be absolutely buried inside pages and pages of petty point scoring prose I gotout of reading Adam s review below than out of the book If Adam s page number citations are correct, Anat s meaningful recommendations mostly occur in the 43 pages between pages 143 and 186 It s a 256 page book Too bad that Anat couldn t leave the point scoring aside long enough to provide the kind of positively framed and simple let s do this guide that we really need


  6. Chase Thomas Chase Thomas says:

    Once again, Anat Shenker Osorio has blown my mind The economy is always one of the most important issues in politics come election time, yet progressives don t have a cohesive vision for what that looks like, let alone how to communicate that vision with our values She points out the ways by which we disadvantage our cause by adopting conservative talking points, and I feel stupid for not having seen those myself but they re so ingrained in how we talk about the economy And then she lays ou Once again, Anat Shenker Osorio has blown my mind The economy is always one of the most important issues in politics come election time, yet progressives don t have a cohesive vision for what that looks like, let alone how to communicate that vision with our values She points out the ways by which we disadvantage our cause by adopting conservative talking points, and I feel stupid for not having seen those myself but they re so ingrained in how we talk about the economy And then she lays out simple but powerful ways for us to start communicating in such a way that will build support for our policies Must read for every progressive out there


  7. Lizzie Lizzie says:

    Loved this It s a book about how we talk about the economy I ve long loved the mantra language matters And the gap between progressive actions and language often feels large Especially when conservatives wield language so effectively So Anat Shenker Osorio does a great job of exploring all the different ways language impacts our perceptions of the economy.One of my favorite parts was how we use military language and personification to talk about the economy as if it were alive I especiall Loved this It s a book about how we talk about the economy I ve long loved the mantra language matters And the gap between progressive actions and language often feels large Especially when conservatives wield language so effectively So Anat Shenker Osorio does a great job of exploring all the different ways language impacts our perceptions of the economy.One of my favorite parts was how we use military language and personification to talk about the economy as if it were alive I especially appreciate the tips for how to use better language to refute some of the claims that get used every day.Definitely a book I ll read again in a year to refresh my memory


  8. Dr. Tobias Christian Fischer Dr. Tobias Christian Fischer says:

    A really critical view of the narrative of people when using terms such as crisis or anything else The messages are unfavorable because terms such as change to flatten the perception It s all about terminology, phrasing and so on.


  9. Shawn Shawn says:

    Solid message, but this 200 pager could gave easily been reduced to 20.


  10. Sara Sanderson Sara Sanderson says:

    Explaining our economyAnat provides clear convincing language to explain how the economy can be led by ordinary people for the betterment of the majority instead of the very few She uses clear terms to deflate the myth that the economy operates by the magic of unfettered unregulatuion Her humor is wickedly funny.


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Don't Buy It: The Trouble with Talking Nonsense about the Economy [PDF / Epub] ⚣ Don't Buy It: The Trouble with Talking Nonsense about the Economy ✈ Anat Shenker-Osorio – Buyprobolan50.co.uk After everything that s happened, how is it possible that conservatives still win debates about the economy Time and again the right wins over voters by claiming that their solutions are only common s After everything that s happened, how is It: The Epub Ú it possible that conservatives still win debates about the economy Time and again the right wins over voters by claiming that their solutions are only common sense, even Don't Buy ePUB ´ as their tired policies of budgetary sacrifice and corporate plunder both create and prolong economic disaster Why does the electorate keep buying what they re selling According to political communications expert Anat Shenker Osorio, it s Buy It: The Kindle Ð all about language and not just theirs, but oursIn Don t Buy It Shenker Osorio diagnoses our economic discourse as stricken with faulty messages, deceptive personification, and, worst of all, a barely coherent concept of what the economy actually is Opening up the business section of most newspapers or flipping on cable news unleashes an onslaught of economic doomsaying that treats the economy as an ungovernable force of nature Alternately, by calling the economy unhealthy or recovering as we so often do, we unconsciously give it the status of a living being No wonder Americans become willing to submit to any indignity required to keep the economy happy Tread lightly, we can t risk irritating the economy Cutting through conservative myth making, messaging muddles, and destructive misinformation, Shenker Osorio suggests a new way to win the most important arguments of our day The left doesn t have to self destruct every time matters economic come to the fore there are metaphors and frames that can win, and Shenker Osorio shows what they are and how to use themDon t Buy It is a vital handbook for seizing victory in the economic debate In the end, it convincingly shows that radically altering our politics and policies for the better is a matter of first changing the conversation literally.