>> Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Here is the opening of the chicken little story..
Narrator: Chicken Little was in the woods one day when an acorn fell on her head. It scared her so much she trembled all over. She shook so hard, half her feathers fell out.
Chicken Little: "Help! Help! The sky is falling! I have to go tell the king!"
Narrator: So she ran in great fright to tell the king....
When people in the blogosphere use the chicken little characterization they do so when people run around yelling that the sky is falling. The key though is that it is not really falling on them. It is a gross overeaction that leads to the end of the story...
Narrator: So they ran with all their might, until they met Foxy Loxy.
Foxy Loxy: "Well, well. Where are you rushing on such a fine day?"
Chicken Little, Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky, Goosey Loosey, Turkey Lurkey (together) "Help! Help!" It's not a fine day at all. The sky is falling, and we're running to tell the king!"
Foxy Loxy: "How do you know the sky is falling?"
Chicken Little: "I saw it with my own eyes, and heard it with my own ears, and part of it fell on my head!"
Foxy Loxy: "I see. Well then, follow me, and I'll show you the way to the king."
Narrator: So Foxy Loxy led Chicken Little, Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky, Goosey Loosey, and Turkey Lurkey across a field and through the woods. He led them straight to his den, and they never saw the king to tell him that the sky is falling.
By overreacting and screaming doom chicken little runs into her own demise. She panicked and it cost her dearly. I thought this little reminder was in order because the left is starting to label the right chicken littles.
Update II: Jonathan Martin, meanwhile, is doing an excellent job of reporting the denouement of McCain in Michigan and Virginia. Such is the epidemic of Chicken Little-ism. Many Republicans, never inoculated, are succumbing. (And none of their bloggers have figured out the coveted recipe in the cure!)
"How on earth are we to get people to work for McCain here, when he has already, publicly, in the media, given up on Michigan?" says one GOP leader up there.
“He didn't take threat seriously soon enough,” said a GOP leader in Virginia.
Tomorrow is the last day for new voter registration in both states. It will be interesting to see how the final results might bring more panic.
The problem here should be obvious. THE SKY IS FALLING. The right are not chicken littles because chicken little was not operating in reality but the bloggers and people on the right are coming to reality. There pronouncements of doom are in line with reality based observations of the race. They are more like Jorel from superman who was right that the planet was going to blow up. Their world is coming apart.