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 Author: kbarr
PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 9:41 am 
Two diametrically opposing groups will bash each other until both sides are brain-damaged. Great metaphor for politics in the USA.


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 Author: T-bird-Rick
PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:22 am 
So are the Ravens the Democrats?

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 Author: Joanie
PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 2:04 pm 
The national and international drama of us versus them.

Football is one version of it - so please take a look at the media psychology of teams and fans. A lot of money goes into who you think is the good guy.


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 Author: kbarr
PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:14 am 
I know you think I need to lighten up, T-bird-Rick, but I think Joanie is right. The folks with those big bucks to influence your thinking; are deadly serious.


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 Author: kbarr
PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:38 am 
What's your position? or Whose side are you on? An oft asked question. The answer is usually this or that. But nobody asks, Do you have a position? The assumption is everyone is either for or against something or someone or some approach to a problem. There is no room for complexity, no room for shared reflection on the issue. Why do sides have to be drawn early and rigidly? Why do sides have to be chosen at all?

I think the tactic of opposition requires two sides to be identified that serves as a focusing device to steer attention away from solutions and on to the conflict itself. The framing of the issue, in a bifurcated way, is the genesis for conflict, not for cooperative problem solving. Competition, in and of itself, is not problem. But there is competition that strengthens vs. competition to destroy (Win at all costs). Competition can easily exist in cooperative environment, the reverse is more difficult.


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 Author: T-bird-Rick
PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:39 am 
Superbowl a prop in the propaganda machine of the military/industrial state? where's my hip waders? I guess we can call this a cultural event although I question its artistic merit. There is no need to take sides in a baseless argument. All this talk of conspiratorial influence I find funny. The mindless masses can't and don't want to comprehend what they just witnessed. The Ravens won, the power went out and Beyonce' sang with her old group in their underwear; that's the reality. What comes around will go around. Let Mother Nature do her job, and realize your frustrations with the world will take their course no matter what our input. Enjoy your life and live in the present.

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