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Memorial Day

May 31, 2004


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  • Gordon June 1, 2004 11:34 am

    Word-power can have the cutting effect of a six-round burst from an M-60 or the sensibilities of a compassionate embrace of a lover that hasn’t been seen in six-days.
    I guess it comes down to what you have faith in, fear or love, as to how one uses their words.
    Listen to the hate-mongers and listen to those who preach compassion.
    You make your choice as to what kind of world you want–that’s scary–but that’s Democracy.

  • Chuck May 31, 2004 3:45 pm

    Re: the discussion on how words and rhetoric matters when broadcast.
    Of course they do, and the “I’m just joking and you can’t take it.” retort is always said with a wink.
    It is important to remember that the first convictions in the Rwandan Genocide incident were for Radio announcers who whipped the killing into a frenzy. Those folks are now facing life sentences. And they were truly responsible for the killing, because they offered a sort of societal validation for the killing. Broadcasted words and rhetoric matter, and their effectiveness in Rwanda is now very well documented.