So often we hear politicians, activists and pundits authoritatively declare, “The debate is over!” Nearly as often we find ourselves thinking, “Wait a minute, according to whom!?” There seems to be a sense that polls, twitter, mocking opponents into submission, or so-called consensus opinions carry the day in debates instead of data, history, sound reasoning and good ‘ol horse sense.
Over time, if a voice, organization or community can frame an issue, debate or public view through a particular lens, it shapes how individuals, institutions and societies think, believe, and act. In the political and public relations arena, there is a constant tug-of-war over the frame of a particular issue or story. So, where is a family to turn for information grounded in historically and data validated principles? Where can they turn to see clearly how agendas have shaped issues and debates? Here, we hope.
With a healthy dose of civility mixed with dashes of compelling data, time-honored principles, and lessons from history my hope is to help readers see clearly how issues have been fit into a purple, clear or birds’ eye frame. And my hope is to give them the tools and arguments to reframe the debate as they see the need. I look forward to the endeavor and your feedback and suggestions, as there will undoubtedly be aplenty.
The response to the column has been hearty and spirited. In this blog I hope to shine a light on issues that either relate to a theme I’ve written on before, or something that strikes a fancy or a nerve. Let the debate continue and the best arguments prevail.