Engaging a Zombie

Recently, I shared a story about the impossibility of breaking through the mental lockdown of an Obama supporter, a virtual zombie. (But don't worry, you needn't have read that piece to follow this one.) Since then, I've had another opportunity to engage this person. In an attempt to break through the cement wall of "thinking," I used the idea behind a brilliant YouTube video called "Honey, You Didn't Build That." (I highly recommend checking out the video. It is well worth the 2 minutes of your time!) In the video, a school girl proudly shows her parents a replica of the Washington monument that she made in school. The replica was so well done that her teacher gave her an "A." Her parents respond by pointing out that she didn't really build it and begin to pepper her with questions about the construction materials: Did she make the popsicle sticks that she used on the outside? And so forth. After going through a litany of things the formerly beaming and now deflated girl did...(Read Full Post)