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Excelent diary, thanks. We had a discussion about narratives in Ephemera's diary Framing the UK Abortion Debate. This EID diary is certainly complementary to read with that in mind.

It's interesting in how the left are much less successful at creating the narratives on their terms than the right.  If we constructed similarly contradictory narratives, the right would pick it all apart immediately, taking their audience with them.  yet when the left try to remind of the lies and false statements/hypocritical actions of the right, somehow we are not so successful in opening eyes to that.

Is that because we are contradicting a deeply ingrained and widely accepted narrative that isn't questioned by people?  We are challenging a 'truth' therefore we must be lying and the right can smack us down for it because they still hold the dominant discourse and quickly bury our objections and statements. And the audience remembers how the left contradicted the comfortable and reasonable sounding mainstream story, but they never remember the left pointing out continued lies of the right.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat May 10th, 2008 at 02:54:59 PM EST

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