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Political Framing

Charles Fillmore, Discoverer of Frame Semantics, Dies in SF at 84: He Figured Out How Framing Works

George Lakoff | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
George Lakoff

Charles J. Fillmore, one of the world's greatest linguists -- ever -- died last Thursday, February 13, at the age of 84 in San Francisco. He was the discoverer of frame semantics, who did the essential research on the nature of framing in thought and language.

Obama vs. Romney: The Framing Matchup, Round One

George Lakoff | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics
George Lakoff

Where Romney talks morality (conservative style), Obama mainly talks policy. Where Romney reframes Obama, Obama does not reframe Romney. In fact, he reinforces Romney's frames by repeating Romney's language word for word -- without spelling out his own values explicitly.

The Wisconsin Blues

George Lakoff | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics
George Lakoff

The Wisconsin recall vote should be put in a larger context. What happened in Wisconsin started well before Scott Walker became governor and will continue as long as progressives let it continue.

The PolicySpeak Disaster for Health Care

George Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Lakoff

In the Obama campaign, honest, effective framing was used with great success. But in the Obama administration, something has changed. It needs to change back.