Framing aided by repetition, psychologists report

Framing aided by repetition, psychologists report

Better to refute adversaries' slogans with different, positive statements than to repeat them in an attempt to disprove

Psychologist Norbert Schwarz has found it reinforces untruths to repeat them, even when refuting.ANN ARBOUR, MI, Sept. 27, 2007: New research confirms that repetition of "myths" and slogans helps lodge them in the minds of the public and that refuting them often leads only to the public remembering falsehoods better. Instead, they tell us that "education campaigns with an 'affirmative' message," even if it is a negative message, are far more effective in defeating an adversary's frame.

University of Michigan social psychologist Norbert Schwarz has done experiments showing that people remember things they hear repeated often enough, regardless of its source, and even if it's from a single source.

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Mike Zimmer

Examples of this working for and against us?

This can work for and against us. I'd like to see or list some examples of this phenomenon. I know whenever the elites at Fox News, or the History Channel, etc. have to refute the claims by Rosie O'Donnell and others, I feel a victory for getting the subject of 9/11 Conspiracy or Questions out in the public.

I don't particularly see a lot of instances where people in our movement repeat lies that the perpetrators coined in response to 9/11. But it is hard to know your biases when they are so ingrained. For instance calling the Iraq Invasion a "war" just comes out so naturally. But some say we should refer to it as a crime, occupation, invasion, or something to that effect. is still doing some of the best work at spreading our message that I've seen. And don't forget

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, then you win.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi