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I'll add some meat to this. "Pushing the narrative further" - as in promising more of X vs. the last election - works on a populace that is unfulfilled and without awareness of where they will find fulfillment, so they pursue more of whatever they were already pursuing.

Also, an unhappy populace derives pleasure from other peoples' pain (vs a happy populace that derives pleasure from other people's pleasure), therefore the pain/punishment narrative instead of a "how to make the world a better place" narrative. The end result on the campaign trail is pretty much everything out of Santorum's or Perry's mouth.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Tue Jan 3rd, 2012 at 05:05:01 PM EST
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