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what are you doing?

i was just skimming an interesting metafilter thread (not safe for republicans) about the latest in WMD news, particularly the apparent refusal of some CIA people to accept being scapegoated. that's fun. anyway, some canadian asked the question of americans who oppose bush: what are you doing? here is one person's answer, which i found appropriate for involve.

Is there anything we can do? It will be like turning a battleship - change won't happen quickly, impatient as many of us are. Don't forget, people who have been getting their news from the web and who have been incorporating foreign and alternate media sources have known about much of this for a long time. People who only get news from mainstream media need deprogramming from the steady drip drip drip of sophisticated propaganda that's been building since just post 9/11.

What can we do?
Put pressure on the media. They can and should keep these issues alive. Write and call media encouraging them to be a public watchdog and applaud them for good coverage. Let them know you have expectations and that you are watching their coverage. They have short attention spans and will be distracted by the next story - it's up to their readers and viewers to keep these issues alive. Also, let them know when coverage is NOT ok. Speak out against hate radio and hate TV.

Adopt an opponent. I love heated and strident political arguments, but I am abandoning that in favor of gentle and relentless suasion. I have a half dozen potential "recruits" among family and friends that I am trying to tip. I am sending them articles and trying to leave them lots of room to save face. They united behind their president and now feel betrayed, but view the peace and/or anti-bush crowd with all the negatives that the media and the administration have been heaping on them. Bush persuaded them with daily on-point sound bytes and relentless brainwashing. I am trying to reverse that process with the most likely candidates I know, recognizing that this might need to be done in increments. I have found that sending British news stories is effective - they see Brits as allies, they like Tony Blair, and are surprised and unnerved when faced with the British media and public reaction to all of this.
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