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TalkingDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-01-08 02:42 PM
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12. Americans tend to be more visual
The English auditorily oriented (gotta keep track of which accent is beneath you or above you, don't'cha know)

That's why nobody lets us see dead soliders, mutilated children, etc.....

Interestingly Americans tend to suffer more auditory hallucinations (you know.....that thing where the bath water is running and you swear you hear the phone or people talking....well, that counts too) than their cousins across the pond. I would imagine the English tend more toward visual hallucinations, but haven't read any studies suggesting such. It's a matter of the less used sense being "unsophisticated" as far as properly decoding stimuli.

The ad was a blunder, for precisely the reasons you suggest. There was a great story Reagan's team tells about a newscaster giving a really bad report on something R. had done. But instead of using neutral or negative footage, they showed him walking through a rally with balloons and flags, waving and smiling. Reagan's people said his ratings went up after that story aired. Nobody paid attention to the words, just the pictures.

McCains real problem is Obama just looks so damned presidential. His bearing is relaxed and casual, but still authoritative. (Those years of standing in front of a classroom lecturing can do that for you.) So it's difficult to find a "bad" picture of him.

A large number of people in this country vote on their gut. And their guts are definitely swayed by their eyes.



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