Okay, in an effort to combat some of the anti-AA rhetoric and talking points, I've decided that I need go no further than the source. That is, Mr Secret Agent Orange. Orange is the mentor of hundreds of angry and discontented alcoholics (or at least heavy drinkers or at least retired folk and government workers with alot of time on their hands).
Mr Orange portrays himself as a sort of Robin Hood. A real 'man of the people', sacrificing his retirement to help rid the world of the evil empire that is AA. He would have us believe that he is the voice of truth and reason in a world full of deceit and madness. Much like the Fox News narrative, Mr Orange creates his own world wherein we are all damned (by the seething mass of evil that is AA) and only he can lead us to the light. Is Mr Orange our Messiah or is here merely the Pie-eyed piper, come to lead us out of the bar and into the river ?
Well, let's start by giving him an easy test. Mr Orange is an everyman's man and, as such, he's been kind enough to warn his flock of all the nasty propaganda and debating techniques that will be used against them. Mr Orange would never use them, because he only tells the truth. Right ?
Well.............that's not really clear.
It seems that Mr Orange puts a little slogan right on his home page. "This site is best viewed with a brain".
What does this tell us about Mr Orange and the rest of his site ?
Using Mr Oranges circular linking technique, we can reference his own site and see if any nasty little propaganda tricks are at work :
Hifalutin' Denunciations : Implying that you're smart if you agree with Mr Orange is pretty damned 'Hifalutin'.
Claim to Have Special or Secret Knowledge : Yes. Special 'smart' knowledge that only Mr Orange has. He devotes his entire site to it and all you need to see things his way is 'a brain'.
Humor and Ridicule : It's humorous because everyone has a brain and it's ridicule because only the 'smart' people will agree with Mr Orange.
Simplistic Slogans : ie. 'This site is best viewed with a brain'. Short, sharp, simple. A thought stopping cliche if ever there was one.
Double-talk : What does it really mean that you need a 'brain' ? It means, of course, that if you disagree with Mr Orange, you don't have a brain.....double talk.
Stroking Ploys : You understand Mr Orange because you're smart !!!!
Delegitimize One's Opponent : Only stupid people wouldn't agree with Mr Orange, after all, they don't have a brain.
False Dichotomy : The dichotomy here is the 'smart' people and the 'dumb' people. The 'smart' people agree with Mr Orange. Is that a true dichotomy....?
Non Sequitur : No, of course it isn't. Hence the talk of a 'brain' implying 'smarts' is a non sequitur. AA is what it is, if you are an Einstien or a Democratic Fucking Retard. No difference. The viwer's 'brain' has no bearing on the arguments presented.
As you can see, Mr Agent Orange wastes no time showing us that, in addition to giving us a piss poor site from an academic perspective, he's also a hypocrite.