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(also known as the window of discourse) the range of ideas the public will accept; used by media pundits; derived from its originator, Joseph P. Overton (1960–2003),[3] a former vice president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy

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The combination of social alliances, strategic thinking, ideological work and institutions builds a capacity to alter public discourse. Crucial here is the idea of the ‘Overton window’ – this is the bandwidth of ideas and options that can be ‘realistically’ discussed by politicians, public intellectuals and news media, and thus accepted by the public. The general window of realistic options emerges out of a complex nexus of causes – who controls key nodes in the press and broadcast media, the relative impact of popular culture, the relative balance of power between organised labour and capitalists, who holds executive political power, and so on.

—p.134 A New Common Sense (129) by Alex Williams, Nick Srnicek
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2 years ago


a movement almost entirely based on influencing culture and shifting the Overton window through media and culture, not just formal politics

—p.41 Chapter Three: Gramscians of the alt-light (40) by Angela Nagle
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1 year, 12 months ago


my deep attraction to the idea of the 'Overton Window', a concept invented by US conservatives to describe what is deemed politically possible at any given time

—p.xviii Foreword to the Paperback Edition (xi) by Owen Jones
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1 year, 11 months ago