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February 21, 2013 / compassioninpolitics

Answering the K of Apocalyptic Rhetoric and Images

What are the core assumptions of the K? What is the argument its making?

K arguments are grounded in going against structures in the SQ or assumptions–how do the assumptions they critique actually help us? Or how might we be unable to get rid of the assumptions? Or how might the K link to itself? Or how might the alternative link to the K itself? Or how might other arguments in the debate link to the K?

This is basically war images/violent images/end of the earth images bad……when have images of crisis helped us avoid the crisis?

What is the impact to never thinking about apocalpse?

How does that effect our toolbox for describing truth & reality–and making decisions about the future?

Have social movements used violent images to hold governments accountable for their violence & abuses of power?

1) Nuclear images good (aka the anti-nuclear movements use of images) or environmental crisis images good
2) Fear good
3) Focus on representations bad
4) Transitions away from power politics = violence. (it will take a little work to explain this one)
5) There is an argument in debate called compassion fatigue as well as disaster porn. Some of these answers might apply.

These are the core building blocks of dealing with this argument.

Also, history is on your side. Violent images have historically been used to raise awareness.

You’ve proven that X issue is a rational threat. The burden should be on them to prove that it isn’t a threat.


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  1. compassioninpolitics / Feb 21 2013 11:09 pm

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