Framing Issues

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Airbrushing Barbarity: The Warped Language of Public Policy
Richman, Sheldon
Article
2013
Couching moral/political matters in technocratic language helps us forget the unpleasantness of the underlying incivility and brutality of political measures. Political discourse is fundamentally dish...
Calling All Radicals: How Grassroots Organizers Can Help Save Our Democracy
Thompson, Gabriel
Book
2007
Thompson argues that we can reclaim our democracy through grassroots organizing.
Conservative Frank Luntz Has Set a Trap for Progressives -- Here's How to Outsmart Him and Boost the Occupy Movement: Progressives' basic morality needs to be talked about over and over again, in every corner of the country.
Lakoff, George
Article
2011
Luntz doesn't want progressives pointing out that corporations govern our lives far more than any government does - and for their profit, not ours. He doesn't want any discussion of corporate waste, o...
The Deceptive Use of the Phrase "Peaceful Protests" in Venezuela
Ellner, Steve
Article
2014
The Venezuelan opposition and much of the media use the term "peaceful protests" to distinguish gatherings of protesting students and other young people from the more violent actions.
Don't Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate
Lakoff, George
Book
2004
Lakoff explains how conservatives think, and how to counter their arguments. He outlines in detail the traditional American values that progressives hold, but are often unable to articulate. Lakoff al...
The Emerging Progressive Majority: Introduction to 'Framing the Future'
Horn, Bernie
Article
A large group of Americans favor both progressive policy and conservative philosophy. As a result, they may side with either progressives or conservatives, depending on how a political question is fra...
The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive
Baker, Dean
Book
2011
Progressives need a fundamentally new approach to politics. They have been losing not just because conservatives have so much more money and power, but also because they have accepted the conservative...
Framing: Primer for a Progressive Revolution -- Part I Philosophy and Rational for Framing
Ball, Tom
Article
2005
The introduction of framing into the progressive community could well prove to be the beginning of a revolution. But such a revolution can evolve and sustain only with a concerted, impassioned effort ...
Framing the Future: How Progressive Values Can Win Elections and Influence People
Horn, Bernie
Book
Polls show that most Americans favor progressive policy, but they also embrace conservative philosophy. George Lakoff and other analysts have shown that, in order to reclaim America for all Americans,...
Framing the Sixties: Corporate Media Shadows and the 1960s
Jacobs, Ron
Article
2010
What Really Happened to the 1960s is a look at the role the media played in the presentation and interpretation of the struggles of the 1960s. Simultaneously, it is a consideration of the meaning of ...
Grassroots media relations
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2010
A media relations guide for organizers and activists.
How Canada's corporate media framed the Occupy movement
Gutstein, Donald
Article
2011
The Occupy movement occupied two parallel, rarely intersecting universes in the corporate media. In one, described frequently in the Toronto Star, occasionally in the Vancouver Sun and Globe and Mail ...
How Propaganda (Actually) Works
Hoggan, James
Article
2016
Political propaganda employs the ideals of liberal democracy to undermine those very ideals, the dangers of which, not even its architects fully understand.
How the Left Should Frame Issues
Dobbin, Murray
Article
2007
The art and science of strategic frame analysis -- issue framing -- is relatively new in Canada, though the concept of framing is not. The right has been framing its issues carefully for years while t...
How to End the Tea Party (and Scare Obama at the Same Time): A Black / Brown Coalition
Smith, Sam
Article
2010
One of the reasons the left doesn't do better is because it tends to view the right's transgressions as a moral issue rather than as a pragmatic problem as, for example, a baseball coach would do if t...
In India Any Social Activist Can Be Arrested, Charged And Tried - Sans Evidence - For Terrorism: Kobad Ghandy's Case - Part II - The Punjab Trial
Sahni, P.S.
Article
2017
In a follow-up to an article detailing how Delhi's legal system was able to detain Kobad Ghandy in Tihar Jail for engaging in supposedly communist activities, this article discusses a separate attempt...
On Translating Securityspeak into English: In the Land of False Cognates
Carson, Kevin
Article
2012
The Security State has its own language: Securityspeak. Like Newspeak, the ideologically refashioned successor to English in Orwell’s “1984,” Securityspeak is designed to obscure meaning and conceal t...
Radical Digressions 6
Diemer, Ulli
Website
2009
Re-Framing Dissent As Criminal Subversion: Paradigm Shift and Political Repression
Berlet, Chip
Article
1992
When our national security interests are perceived as threatened, secrecy becomes sacred, and the ends justify the means. Since the end of World War II, the techniques of political repression recur, b...
Rick Berman Exposed in New Audio; Hear His Tactics Against Environmentalists and Workers' Rights
Graves, Lisa
Article
2014
Rick Berman, the king of corporate front groups and propaganda, has been caught on tape detailing his attacks on public interest groups in the labor and environmental movements. Berman specializes in ...
Rightwing Manipulation of the Wisconsin Revolt
DiMaggio, Anthony
Article
2011
Manipulation of opinion surveys is easy enough for those seeking to muddy the waters of political debate regarding the current war on unions.
The Semantics of Terrorism
Al-Jurf, Soha
Article
2010
A mental construct has been created in which the State of Israel is an entity that is under constant attack. By terrorists. Who, irrefutably, must be eradicated. Their actions are somewhat irrelevant....
The Strategy of the Venezuelan Opposition
Ellner, Steve
Article
2014
The strategy and tactics of the Venezuelan opposition is a replay of events that took place leading up to the coup against Hugo Chávez on April 11, 2002 and is similar (although in some ways quite dif...
Talking Back to the Right: A guide for community activists
Brecher, Jermey
Article
1996
The right's enormous success in framing the American public debate is based not just on isolated issues, but on in overall definition of what the debate is about. The purpose of this guide is to sugge...
Three Ways Labor Can Fight Back: Time to Declare War
Macaray, David
Article
2011
Unions need to streamline their message, make it less cerebral and more visceral.
Toxic Sludge Is Good for You: Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry
Stauber, John; Rampton, Sheldon
Book
2004
Explains how modern public relations (PR) transforms the favoured policies of the rich and the powerful into uncontroversial 'common sense'.
Why Voters Aren't Motivated by a Laundry List of Positions on Issues
Brewer, Joe; Lakoff, George
Article
An introduction to cognitive policy – the values, frames, and arguments that make sense of the political process.

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Hardworking families
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
The phrase "hardworking families" or "working families" is an example of a glittering generality in contemporary political discourse. It is used in the politics of the United Kingdom and of the United...
In India Any Social Activist Can Be Arrested, Charged And Tried - Sans Evidence - For Terrorism: Kobad Ghandy’s Case
Sahni, P. S.; Aggarwal, Shobha
2017
In 2009, the Government of India announced a new nation-wide initiative viz. "Integrated Action Plan" (IAP) for broad coordinated operations to deal with the 'Naxalite' problem. This plan included inc...
Frank Luntz - Profile in Sourcewatch
Right-wing political consultant.