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On making people uncomfortable

There was an interesting segment where Jeremy Scahill went into the RNC to interview delegates — presumably because Amy Goodman and the two producers of Democracy Now! had been detained and had their RNC press badges were taken by the Secret Service — and talked to this lady who was selling buttons. She shows him one, that has a bald eagle flipping the bird, as it were, next to a caption that says Jihad This! The lady runs along for a while, discussing how this reflects her views, on how she loves the troops, how she loves America, and doesn’t love jihad. Scahill listens quietly and waits for her to finish, then he says “I don’t get it.” There, in that moment, the surrounding and sustaining ideology of the woman’s views are no longer self-evident, and she struggles to justify what she has just said. It even seems that she feels shamed for saying it.

This passive attack — which boils down to “oh really, why do you think that?” — on a received and baseless view may be more effective than more aggressive efforts.

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  1. That’s great. I think I’m going to start saying that.

  2. I don’t get it” or “Jihad this, asshole?”

  3. The former.

  4. Seems this would only work with the people who have blindly, so called, accepted what others have perpetrated. I am guessing if you came face to face with someone who really benefited from those “beliefs” they might have a diatribe all ready.

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