Rock Ridge

Finally, a way to interact with the brilliant thinkers at the Rockridge Institute (home of my favorite linguist, George Lakoff). It’s basically a multi-author blog with registration required for comments, I don’t know why they call it a “forum.” Anyway, this is yet another interactive community-building resource that I can keep up with via RSS, yay!

One of my favorite things about the Rockridge Institute is that it always makes me think of the town of Rock Ridge in Blazing Saddles. The townspeople initially responded with violent racism against their black sheriff, but in the end they join forces with him to beat the real bad guys: the governor and his brutal cronies trying to make a buck by running a railroad through town. In the end, the people of Rock Ridge are victorious by erecting a life-size facade of the entire town good enough to lure in the bad guys and then blow them up with dynamite (hey, it’s a western). I have to wonder if the Rockridge Institute was drawing on this symbolism as a representation of “framing” or if it’s just a happy accident.

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