How do you convince someone with a particular position on an issue that they are just flat out wrong? Like Obama-groomed-for-40-years-to-take-over-the-United-States wrong or Government-is-prepping-us-for-FEMA-camps wrong or even Sarah-Palin-is-a-down-to-Earth-and-reasonable-politician-who-would-make-a-good-president wrong.
Most of the people who hold unreasoned opinions like these are people of faith to begin with (in the sense that the act of steadfast belief is all that’s necessary for something to be “true” in their minds) and due to their lack of open-mindedness and aversion to considering other arguments (especially when those arguments are in the form of a long two to three page article!) it can be quite the feat to get a “believer” to even think about thinking about considering maybe looking at something contrary to what they believe.
Enter the comic book, a publishing format that has probably done more for child literacy than every grammar school in the country combined times a million, that gives readers who might be challenged by blocks of text, known as paragraphs, a simple, easy, and visually interesting way of following along with a story.
While it might not be as useful to Wingnuts as a comic book about how unlikely it is that President Obama is a Communist Muslim Fascist who was born in Kenya and was trained over the course of his entire life to get elected as President of the United States of America only to create attrition in the government so that a Muslims cabal can take over the world, the comic below would be good to send off to your crazy sister or aunt who believes, despite all the evidence (in the form of long wordy article) to the contrary, that the Measles/Mumps/Rubella vaccine causes Autism in young children.
What a silly and dangerous thing to believe! Why is it both a silly and dangerous belief that’s completely unfounded and void of any unbiased expert to argue the position? Maybe you should read this comic by Darryl Cunningham entitled “The Facts in the Case of Dr. Andrew Wakefield” and learn a little more about what would motivate a medical doctor, who has since been discredited and stripped of his medical license, to perpetuate such a myth and why not vaccinating your children against these three deadly diseases, a trend that has caused cases of Mumps and Measels to break out in many communities all over the world, is just flat out stupid.
Medicine, myth, and intrigue. What other comic book packs a punch like that!?