Framing the Dialogue

The Overton Window

I drove past the gas station the other day and was pleased that the price had gone down…to $2.69 per gallon.  Since I drive nearly 30 miles to work each way gas prices are always on my mind.  It is funny how gas prices at one time reached four dollars a gallon and then eventually came back down, but never all the way back down.  I find it sad that I am now content with prices under $3.00 and get tense when it creeps up.

This may be a way of explaining The Overton Window concept bearing the name of Glenn Beck’snew book.  While this one is a novel and a thriller at that it contains lots of Author Beck’s theories.  Overton is described by Beck as “a powerful technique…manipulating public perception so that ideas previously thought of as radical begin to seem acceptable over time.”

This is the first fictional book of Mr. Beck’s that I have read.  In the spirit of full disclosure, I do listen to his radio show and occasionally his television show, though I work and usually don’t get home in time.  I hope to God that many of his theories are wrong, but suspect they aren’t.  Also unlike some reviewers I did read the whole book.

Overton starts out like what it must be like in Beck’s head.  So much information so little duct tape.  I found it to be far too political and not very subtle though I doubt subtlety was his angle and I didn’t like the book. 

I persisited and Beck pulled me in to a decent thriller with twists and turns and glued me to my seat for the last fifty pages.  I could sense the end and scheduled some “me” time to finish it in peace.  The Overton Window is a good novel and I suspect that he is using the technique to ease us into the realization that we cannot trust our politicians and that there are bigger forces out there that are not looking our for our best interests.

If you can get past the first few pages you will find a thrilling adventure.  Beck does leave the door (or should I say window) open for part two.

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