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  1. Introduction
  2. Colin Powell and foreign policy
  3. O'Rourke's first question
  4. The responses
  5. The conversation about fathers
  6. Conclusion
  7. Sources

This 2004 conversation between American humorist P.J. O'Rourke and former Secretary of State Colin Powell (when he was still in the office), reveals how conversation is, as the book Bridges Not Walls puts it, ?a process.? O'Rourke begins the conversation with the expectation that it is not going to be an interview, which he simply believes are ?rude.? What he wants is a real dialogue and he hopes that with Colin Powell he will get it. In order to make their communication not simply an interview, O'Rourke has to treat Powell as a person and not an object. There has to be a loop of constant communication and then feedback.

[...] Now instead of interviewer and interviewee, they are having a real exchange. Eventually they come to have a moment like this: P. J. O'ROURKE: Yet the feeling grew. SECRETARY POWELL: The feeling grew. This is the kind of dialogue not possible except in a conversation where people have achieved an understanding of one another, where communication is not simply an action but an interaction.[4] Things come to an end as they talk about Elvis and the Beatles, and Powell closes by talking about his hobby of fixing cars. ?Every [...]


[...] An essay on communication This 2004 conversation between American humorist P.J. O'Rourke and former Secretary of State Colin Powell (when he was still in the office), reveals how conversation is, as the book Bridges Not Walls puts it, process.?[1] O'Rourke begins the conversation with the expectation that it is not going to be an interview, which he simply believes are What he wants is a real dialogue and he hopes that with Colin Powell he will get it. In order to make their communication not simply an interview, O'Rourke has to treat Powell as a person and not an object.[2] There has to be a loop of constant communication and then feedback. [...]

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