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Obama, Hypnotist?

Submitted by Jim Aune on October 30, 2008 - 2:53pm

Via Balloonjuice, a deeply weird (and long) pdf file with this title: AN EXAMINATION OF OBAMA’S USE OF HIDDEN HYPNOSIS TECHNIQUES IN HIS SPEECHES. (from the Penny Press, "the conservative weekly voice of Las Vegas")

Submitted by richardsep on January 5, 2009 - 11:47am.

Thanks, even though the Elections are down town and another "Era" already started, it is still interesting to find out what kind of techniques did Obama used in order to hypnotize people, especially the masses. I have read in other sources that it is all about NLP.


Submitted by slewfoot on October 31, 2008 - 12:36pm.

The charge is weird, but let's face it: We don't have a very good explanation at all of the moment when an audience is persuaded. Gorgias refers to persuasion as magic and intoxication for a good reason. Diane Davis' most excellent essay, "Identification: Burke and Freud on Who You Are," +Rhetoric Society Quarterly+ 2 (2008), explains the suggestion that rhetoric concerns suggestibility in compelling detail.

--Josh Gunn

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