12.12.16

WE'VE ALWAYS DONE IT THIS WAY.

Yes, but when it fails, perhaps that's because what you've always done no longer works.

Reporter Salena Zito has been filing dispatches from the old steel towns all through the Trump campaign, and she returns to Youngstown, where Youngstown State political scientist Paul Sracic suggests that his colleagues, and the rest of the Academic - Media - Politics Establishment check their premises, or perhaps their privileges.
"Our criticism as academics and journalists can't be, 'Well, this isn't how you do it.' It forces all of us to step back and say, 'Well, maybe there is a different way of doing it,' " Sracic said.

"Because, if we just dismiss it, then we won't be listened to at all, because the public is tired of things being done the way they have always been done."

It may be that Trump is making mistakes; maybe this isn't the way we should do things — but you need to give a reason for that being the case. We can't just take things at face value and say you have to do things this way because that is the way we have always done it.

Maybe that's the lesson — that we have to start thinking more, as simple as that sounds.
There's more than one way to subvert a dominant paradigm.

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