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Hazem al-Amin strange discourse on public discourse

This has got to be one of the weirder Now Lebanon pieces in a while… What is most interesting is how the “liberals” here always seem to deploy the same illiberal form of of thought: mainly, the Other is ALWAYS totally opposite.

Hazim al-Amin waxes poetic:

“Every public appearance by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on television hones the writing and debate efforts of many people. Yet a debate with a public speaker via a press article is a battle lost in advance, since the conditions for speaking in public are completely different from that of writing. When speaking in public, one does not address minds: this is the everlasting condition of public speaking. It does not aim at persuasion, because persuasion is already there. No public speaker was ever able to overcome a rival by changing the latter’s convictions and feelings. A public speaker addresses emotions that are already there and changes absolutely nothing in them, nor does he say anything that does not fit into the framework of these emotions. For instance, have you ever heard Nasrallah in any of his numerous speeches question a single axiom of his public or make allusions that are not in conformity with what his audience wants to hear?

— Huh? Beyond the weird observations of public speaking in general, he cant seem to see the ways in which and points where nasrallah has indeed challenged notions supposedly held by his party and constituents…. and appealed to critical thinking among his listeners. I wrote about the subject in general in 2009 here, and about how this Reason slowly slipped from Nasrallah’s discourse after the 2006 war.
Either way, its a process that Hazem simply cannot allow, cannot see and absolutely rejects – which doesn’t sound very liberal to me.

Written by nickbiddlenoe

August 19, 2011 at 7:34 pm

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