Thursday’s show was originally going to be about code-words and talking points: do they help or interfere with our ability to talk to one another? Do they increase or decrease trust?
Then September 11th brought attacks in Egypt and Libya, and the explosion of code talk made this topic even more important. It is easy to find articles that “interpret” Obama’s words or “explain” Romney’s words. OMG.
In our 24/7 news cycle, we are often not given the time to absorb events, process our grief and then rationally decide our next steps. Grieving is NOT the time to decide what to do. Yet we are prevented from moving from anger to acceptance.
Do you know CODE? Can you explain the value of secret meanings to everyday words like “patriot,” and how did “fact check” become a code word for shill?
We are being sorted by professional marketers into trust-groups and tribes, where we have secret understandings and worldviews. By sharing the same worldview, we have a basic level of trust built in. And when we don’t share the same worldview, how can we build a basic level of trust?
How do we see behind the curtain of code words and talking points? How do we stop reacting to divisive messaging? How do we change the game? What are our next steps in reconnecting with each other?
We’ll serve this as the blue plate special today on LUNCH WITH LOUDEN. (Did you think blue had a meaning? YOU must call in.)
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