Column: Mainly Educational – Fun Political Terms | Oklahoma
Some new words are unforgettable and require little or no explanation. They intuitively and metaphorically illuminate what was previously undefined. (Who heard of “crowdfunding” and “selfies” 10 years ago?) As we enter a new political season, we continue to use the same outdated and old terms to describe our hyper-partisan political reality. on social networks, and it’s maddening. . It’s time to freshen things up.
The “Flaming Pennies” are the radical 1% willing to burn the world down just to make a point, and they wield outsized power in our age of social media. They are not necessarily radical because of their beliefs but rather because of their behavior. Worse than even the hateful social media trolls, the fiery pieces are leaving their basements. Fortunately, when rational adults ignore fiery pennies, much like walking away from toddlers having a tantrum, they lose their power. Eventually, they’ll even turn around to prove who’s most dedicated to the cause. That’s why we don’t have blazing nickels.
People immediately understand the term “Cable News Goggles” because no matter how non-partisan, unbiased, and unbiased we claim to be, we all favor one news source or another. Whether on the Fox News side or on the MSNBC side, we all have our biases. In fact, I now trust naked proponents more than so-called “unbiased” sources. At least we know what the fans are selling! Our Cable News glasses are sure to have an impact on the way we look at the world, even non-political issues, and if you’re in any doubt whether yours are red or blue, just watch what’s showing up in your News Feed. Algorithms know us better than we know ourselves.
“Gotham City Shades,” on the other hand, are an entirely different type of eyewear that forces us to assume that faraway “big city” issues are rampant right here at home. We are convinced that the endemic crime, radical behavior and extreme social problems that we see in the media are happening next door in the same magnitude. (Really?) Yes, bad things happen everywhere, but Gotham City Shades creates a central boogey-man to drive agendas forward. No one wants to live in Gotham City but Batman, and you can’t pull one of those belts off the rack at Nordstrom.
The “High-Noon Strangers” are those politicians and activists who heroically invade communities to save the day. They attend school board meetings, town councils, and even lead walks in cities they could only find on Google Maps. Their mission: to save the stupid locals from themselves. They usually come from the capital or try to get there, and nowadays they are often financed by distant black money. They’re still claiming a constituency, but look a little closer, and you might find a large gallery of cardboard cutouts cheering them on. They arrive, shoot the place and leave before the smoke clears. Rest assured, their supports are neatly stored for the next city to prevent them from getting wrinkled.
Finally, because this column is “mostly” educational, consider two complementary educational terms: “Pollyanna Public Schools” and “Evil Public Schools.” It is the false extreme forces that divide common-sense parents and educators these days. One side completely ignores the unnecessary problems being pushed into public schools, and the other side completely ignores the miracles that public schools perform every day. Meanwhile, both sides are clamoring for more money to reward mediocrity or to start their own separate schools. I’ve been beating this drum for over a year now, but don’t we have more choices than Marxism or crony capitalism?
Sure, it’s arrogant to assume I can invent new terms, but I’m teaching stuff in college now, so that makes me a real speck-spert (a so-called expert who assumes that his knowledge of a small subject makes him also smart on real-world issues). Don’t worry though, I get all my political knowledge from actors, artists, and social media influencers, so you know I’m knowledgeable. After all, if you can’t capture an idea in a Tik-Tok or meme these days, you’re probably busy doing unimportant things like working or raising your family.
Tom Deighan is a public educator and author of Ideals shared in public schools. You can email him at [email protected]