Being political is more effective than you might think


In Community writing workshop, editor-in-chief Jessica Sutherland reminds us that writing is, at its core, storytelling. It offers guidelines to strengthen the attractiveness of the story and the engagement of readers.

Ask yourself: who is your audience? Who are you trying to reach? What do you want them to do with your information? Informing is more than saying, “Hey, this happened.” You have to tell the readers why it matters. Action won’t always be tangible – volunteer, sign a petition, join a march – your story may simply motivate readers to do better in their daily life, which was the goal of Sutherland’s recent and highly personalized history who ended his experiences with a horrific story of child abuse. To encourage people to embrace change and understand what’s at stake, it’s vital to be clear about what matters and share your excitement.

Human impact resonates deeply, so let your story convey not only facts but also an experience, something the audience shares with you. It helps to be conversational when breaking down difficult concepts. Adding an anecdote can increase the impact, so don’t be afraid to link a problem to your experiences. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg linked the politician to staff this fall when he stressed the importance of family leave for parents of any gender.

That said, don’t feel compelled to reveal your deepest secrets or vulnerabilities.

Two of this week’s saved stories used the personal lives of community members to give context and liveliness to their messages, with very different styles and degrees of self-disclosure.

How different these two stories would have been without the personal experiences of the authors that spiced up the presentation of the facts. Perhaps Citisven’s information would have read like any other recitation about climate disasters; As for the Ubergeek story, the horrors could have been dismissed as another list without the author’s personal attachment and intensity.

There is nothing like someone who has been there, done it and paid the price to convince us that a given problem is real and could land in our laps later, or change our lives. This personal urgency motivates the public to worry and do something. For the writers of the Daily Kos, this is usually our goal.

10 STORIES FROM 1:00 PM PDT OCTOBER 29 TO 1:00 PM PDT NOV. 5, 2021

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365 days of climate awareness 81: The Kyoto Protocol from agramante (2009-95-9)

As with any international treaty, the Kyoto Protocol is massive and complex. Agramante explains exactly what he was created to accomplish and who the 37 key nations of the original treaty were. Carbon trading is also presented as a mechanism to reduce emissions, which implies cooperation between nations (cap and trade).

ClimateBrief: Now that the Germans are in danger of drowning, we are all balanced on the same lifeboat from citizen (209-302-56)

This essay examines the impacts of the climate crisis, particularly the psychological and social impacts, in the writer’s native Germany. In their discussions with friends, this summer’s flood in the country has, in part, thrown them out of their “Heile Welt,” a German term for an innately healthy, orderly and unperturbed world. As climate change becomes the main topic of conversation, citisven says it’s a game changer when it comes to a collective wake-up call to action.

Draft glossary on the reorganization of terminology from Alonso del Arte (2015-931-46)

While there are glossaries used as references when discussing reorganization, there isn’t much from a progressive perspective. Alonso del Arte remedies this oversight by listing nine from the National Conference on State Lawmakers and providing context for the casual reader who wants information on this crucial part of our democracy.

A rundown of the 2021 general election in Japan from ArkDem14 (2006-185-18)

Election campaigns in Japan are boring business compared to the United States. Politicians don’t spend time talking about politics or political issues, but instead make vague statements on abstract issues like “the future of Japan”. ArkDem14 takes us inside the ongoing campaign and highlights those political and political issues that are not mentioned on the trail.

The language of the night: Piranesi’s abundant house from DrLori (2010-251-114)

Reviews of DrLori Piranesi, Susanna Clarke’s long-awaited follow-up to her 2004 novel, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. The new novel is stylistically very different and not what was expected. The review can’t say much about the plot because it would destroy the mystery and pace of the narrative. However, the book is evocative and not what it appears to be.

Cascade necronomics from Sollace (2021-5-4)

In the second saved book review of the week, Sollace reviews Jonathan Metzl’s book Dying of whiteness, which examines the harmful effects of Republican policies on Republican voters (and everyone else). There is a summary of the specific political details of the state: Missouri on guns, Tennessee on health care, and Kansas on public education; Sollace also speculates that an additional section on vaccine resistance and pandemic prolongation could be added for political gain.

So what happens when your community makes you illegal? from ultrageek (2003-519-6) Saved on Recommended

Ultrageek sums up the reality of being considered abnormal, noting that “when I was a child … I was illegal in 37 states”. We are reminded that seemingly innocuous rights, ranging from who you can have sex with to buying food, are ultimately voted on by the electorate. The fundamental question arose: “What rights can be taken away before someone says: ‘Enough; that is the floor; can’t you make it worse for these people? ‘”

The political realignment that united religion, racists and the GOP from vjr7121 (2017-202-28)

In this examination of the connections between religious extremism, racism and the Republican Party, Vjr7121 traces the history of this malevolent mix from its beginnings in the Southern Strategy to the looming end of the Roe v. Veal. They make an argument to look beyond Nixon and Trump, and to the underlying movements that supported them. “Republicans have managed to turn two court rulings into their now-perfected policy of resentment. It is no wonder the GOP has fallen into an anti-democratic movement that rejects legal elections? “

50% replacement of coal and + gas with solar and + wind electricity generation from RustyRobot (2020-28-3)

This analysis of our current coal and gas production examines the feasibility of replacing half of it with solar and wind. The author examines coal / gas generation since autumn 2018, notes seasonal changes in production and then compares them to actual solar / wind power generation. Other issues considered are the absence of energy storage requirements and the attempt to meet demand, given the constraints due to seasonal fluctuations in solar / wind generation.

Some further reflections on the democratic “message” from GrafZeppelin127 (2009-287-50)

By dissecting the main elements that comprise political messages and how Republican and Democrat parties execute them, Graf Zeppelin 127 explores the claim that Democrats are not good at sending messages. The media and how Republicans benefit from outside sources are also involved. “Democrats need their own glossary … what standard slogans are? Not toxic bullshit, to advertise their successes and appeal to the voters’ sense of solidarity and compassion? Instead, should they begin to appeal to selfishness and cruelty and develop a language to frame their agenda in this way? ”

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