The sound bite. A bite size dose of persuasion.


Ad Honorem
Sep 2009
Sometimes these literary artifacts pop out of nowhere. More often than not they are the product of a clever mind. Unfortunately many they are products of a calculated and intense focus groups for the sake of political persuasion. A few simple words can be the coup de gras. Often they mean the exact opposite. Some are fact, some are false impressions and some can destroy a candidate or a movement. "Game Over!" Sound bites can be diabolical. They exist but rarely do I see positive ones.
The most unfortunate characteristic of the sound bite is that it ends the discussion and stops further debate.

From the O J Simpson trial, "If it doesn't fit, then you must acquit!"
"Read my lips, no new taxes."
"No spin zone."
Colon Powell's Pottery Barn rule, "If you break it, you own it."
Negative attribution, "Al Gore invented the internet."
"Keep the government's hands off of my Medicare."

Can you add to the list?

Carlisle Blues

Ad Honorem
Mar 2010
"Haters gonna hate".... This is one of the funniest little lines I have ever heard and it brings a smile to my face.
Apr 2011
creeping socialism
acting like terrorists
The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence.


Ad Honorem
Feb 2011
"Now is not the time for sound-bites. I can feel the hand of history on my shoulder' - On the signing of the Good Friday Agreement" - Tony Blair
Apr 2011
I also notice when there is a political dispute the media tends to turn to confrontational terms.

GOP "slams" Obama
Obama "lashes out" at the GOP
O'Reilly "attacks" Obama
McCain "rips" Tea Party