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Sly Words: How the News Media Tells You What to Think…

By Niles Wimber

I had a high school AP English class where, near the end of the year, we had a series of “physical debates”. After the overall question was asked, sections of the room were labeled with varying degrees of “agree” or “disagree” and, as the debate progressed, you would physically move around the room to the section that matched your current opinion. This usually boiled down to one or two students who adamantly opposed each other and the rest of us moving to one side or the other.

On one particular day, the topic was globalization. At one point in the conversation, I gave an example to explain investment: a mayor convincing backers to construct a pillow factory that would support a small third-world community. Most of the class had moved to my side after hearing that.
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