Monday, August 13, 2007

How to Manufacture Outrage

Step 1: Find something that you find distasteful in your opponents' behavior.

Step 2: Attach an emotionally provocative word to the behavior even though the behavior doesn't actually rise to the denotation of the word.

Step 3: Insist that "to you" the word applies.

Step 4: Accuse your opponent of committing the crime that is associated with the ordinary denotation of the word.

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