Thursday, November 13, 2008

Use of the Rhetoric of Fear

Guest Lecturer Mr. Larry Perras analysed our P.J. O'Rourke essay On God in terms of the technique of using !!FEAR!! to advance one's ideological position-- by scientists, by political zealots, etc.

I had the South Park episode "Two Days Before The Day After Tomorrow in mind at that point in Mr. Perras' lecture. (When you click the hotlink here, slide the time bar ahead to 6:00 in the clip...]

The target for the South Park satire is Al Gore on Global Warming (Mr. Gore has an essay of this type in our Norton Reader.)