Dear Journalists: We need you more than ever to report the facts, but also to delve into the meaning. This is done by exploring metaphors within events.
Example: The horrific shooting at the popular gay nightclub, The Pulse in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016. This attack was one of the deadliest in recent years. A rare event = a sign or omen.
This is one of the events that telegraphed the results of the 2016 Election. Let’s look at two metaphors.
1. The Pulse = the heartbeat, the primal rhythm = the state of the heart that we can expect within the new presidency.
2. 49 people killed, 53 injured = many people were ‘shot down.’ The Pulse was a refuge. A shooting tells us not only LGBT rights are under threat, but all civil rights. A dangerous downward spiral will occur under this new presidency. We must be vigilant.
Thank you, Journalists, for expanding your narrative beyond the rush of facts and for writing thought-provoking articles!