Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Treating the Infectious Spread of Contagious Political Opinions

John Cooker’s ‘Cure Your Democracy’ proves to be the one thing that political parties can agree on

During the presidential election, it seemed like the spread of contagious opinions dominated social media sites, the news, and conversations.  It was impossible to go online without having someone else’s political opinions forcibly spewed from their Facebook feed or from the ads produced by special interest groups that dominated every form of media.  John Cooker discovered the secret for containing the “disease”: humor.

In his book, Cure Your Democracy: The Infection, Spread, and Treatment of Contagious Opinions, Cooker outlines no-fail cures for these pervasive viruses.  Cooker warns, “No one is safe and many are contaminated.”  The viruses can “make us insanely ill and susceptible to conspiracy theories, and are so easily passed between individual by speeches, handshakes, and karaoke”.  The diseases can also be spread by the viral media, which is so much more than a figurative expression.  His humor will have both sides of the political spectrum laughing, whether Michelle Bachman’s voice makes your blood pressure skyrocket or the sight of Hillary Clinton makes you twitch uncontrollably.

Cooker uses humor to treat a much more serious issue.  While his writing may be aimed primarily at making readers laugh, it also calls to attention the fact that contagious opinions have started getting out-of-hand and, if we do not try to treat them now, they will be passed on to the next generation, only becoming more exacerbated.  It may be too late to undo the damage done by the 2012 election; however, there is still time for Americans to try to control their fanaticism and their obsession with infecting others with their opinions before the next election.
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John Cooker is a partner in a real estate development LLC and writes occasionally, when inspired. His earlier novel, The Gelwick Faxes, is a terrorist thriller written the year before and presaging the terrible events of 9/11.

He lives among the rolling Appalachian Mountains outside the DC/Baltimore Metroplex with his wife, Katherine. They own a dog kennel and breed Spinone Italianos.

In dire need, after living through the recent years of constipated political partisanship, he became inspired to react with the most powerful medicine: humor. In an effort to cheer up himself and his friends, he wrote Cure Your Democracy.

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