Friday, August 3, 2007

Carnival of Conflict 4

Thank you for the excellent posts this month. The Carnival's contributors have highlighted a spectrum of conflicts from the political to the personal. It strikes me that in these, as well as in posts from other editions and from all over the internet, we bloggers tend to be very explicit. Our political commentary is direct and we say precisely what we mean.

Where is the place for illusion in our arguments and critiques? We like to use short metaphors from the arts ("political theater", grandstanding") and and other sources, but even in our metaphors we tend to like our phrases to only mean one thing at a time.

Is it something to do with the medium of blogging? Did we just not learn the art of
storytelling as children? As you go through the posts this month, perhaps you can think about how we are writing, and how that might shape what we say.

And perhaps the ways in which we choose to fight shape the outcomes of our battles.


Esther Garvi argues that hate won't bring justice in African politics in Love vs. Hate.


What would Jesus do about health care in America? Tracee Sioux argues for universal care as a Christian value.

The United States has had many "Foundings", and Ashok considers two of the earliest in his post, For Resolution: In what way are the Founding Fathers religious?

YID with Lid considers NGO accountability in Israel in the post, New Israel Fund to NGO Monitor: How DARE YOU TELL PEOPLE THE TRUTH!

Steven Silvers discusses the departure of two anti-WalMart political leaders for Presidential campaign jobs. Is he right when he suggests WakeUpWalMart defections might mean union-backed activist groups have done all they can do"?
Democracy vs. universal suffrage by Gavin Putland calls for a new kind of electoral college to rationalize democratic politics.

Lucynda Riley shares an article from the Seattle Times about standardization of schoool curricula in her post, This is why my son is homeschooled.

Is the filibuster a good tool or a grandstanding device in the US Senate? Mad CKane , in her song parody, Yet another filibuster song parody (The Full-a-Bluster Song) , says that the GOP can like it or dislike it, depending on what's convenient.

In Democratic Letter Writers Don't Think and The Writer Who Cried Wolf , Adam Graham criticizes a left-leaning letter to the editor.

Indigo Warrior introduces us to a new blog in Welcome to my Blogspot and shares a conviction about civic responsibility.

Bill Dvorak philosophizes on Politics: the choice that determines humanity's fate

Doug Ragan encourages the right wing to keep taking advantage of the Internet for supporting grassroots politiking on the immigration debate in What Everyone Missed in the Immigration Debate


There is A Bear in the Neighborhood! and Sheppard Salter asks what to do about it. Laws, safety, doubt and fear all mix to present a dilemma. Could the bear situation also be a metaphore?

Article Syndication: The Sky is the limit so explore and aim for the sky by Mike Harmon offers strategies for spreading your message to readers through the internet.

Kristie Watson discusses the difficulty of resolving arguments when love and money are both involved, and the importance of compromise. The post is Marriage vs. money

Laura Young offers advice for how to stay cool in difficult interactions in Money, Honey, Part 2: Never Assume...


So Sioux Me said...

Perhaps you could give us an example of what you mean? The art of storytelling? How would you prefer writing about conflict? Perhaps like a Jodi Piccoult novel? Where everyone is the protaganist?

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The Speeker said...

Its like what Gorgias says to Socrates, that rhetoric is the greatest art. Because we cannot understand Everything, we embed facts in narratives that make intuitive sense. So many of our decisions are more based on intuition than we like to admit. The political debate over values is in some sense a debate over what kinds of narratives most accurately describe the world - the stories that say discipline and personal responsibility are best, or the stories that favor compassion and community.

Socrates says rhetoric's irrational power means we shouldn't use it. But he's more than a little disingenuous as he uses fabulously entertaining and convincing rhetorical style himself.

Instead, I think we should emphasize playing with metaphor, allegory, and all kinds of other devices that could help our political discourse become more colorful and in a sense, more honest.