The Culture War Speech

Exercise

What are the goals:

  • Give background context to the term 'Culture Wars'
  • Learn about the different participants' values in the group
  • Identify and appropriate rhetorics of political/conflict polarisation

Social matrix:

  • Groups of 2, followed by group circle

Timespan:

30 mins

Preparation

"Friends, this election is about more than who gets what, it is a about who we are, it is about what we believe, what we stand for as _________.. There _is_ a _________ war going on this ________. It is a cultural war as critical to the kind of _________ we shall be, as the ________ war itself.. this war is for the soul of _________.. And in that struggle for the soul of ________, ________ and _________ is on the other side, and __________ is on _our_ side."

Introduction (5 mins)

  • Give a little bit of background to the context of the Pat Buchanan clip
  • Explain process and make sure everyone understands what we hope to learn and also how to do it

Activity (30-45 mins)

  1. Pair off with someone you dont know so well
  2. Negotiate among yourself what words/subjects/particulars might fill in the 'blanks'
  3. Adjust grammer of text and sentences if necessary.
  4. Find 1 or 2 video clips online which illustrates your adjustment and appropriation of the rhetoric
  5. Read out in group-circle situation and show clip
  6. Discuss with others about choices and issues involved.

Documentation (5 mins)

  • Write up statement with clip link(s).

Examples

Hello, here is our speech and video related to it.

"Friends, this election is about more than who gets what, it is a about who we are, it is about what we believe, what we stand for as equals.. There is a cruel war going on this individual centered world. It is a cultural war as critical to the kind of people we shall be, as the discrimination war itself.. this war is for the soul of people in general.. And in that struggle for the soul of you, me and every single being is on our side, and the individual centered cultural values is on the other side."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrPdZmPB36U

-Santtu & Joni

Toni & Akseli CW Speech

"Friends, this election is about more than who gets what, it is a about who we are, it is about what we believe, what we stand for as free people. There is a culture war going on this planet. It is a cultural war as critical to the kind of people we shall be, as the ____ war itself.. this war is for the soul of civilization. And in that struggle for the soul of conversation, thinking those who want to silence others with violence and threats, and those who allow it are on the other side, and we are on our side."

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