Take all the polarizing rhetoric to its natural conclusion. There are no nuances, no colors, not even shades of grey. Ignore those colored patches on the cards, they are just noise to you.
Black and White World
Our cards stand for the most extreme, absurd, narrow, or harsh interpretations only.
As a reminder, we deal them over a black and/or white background, no shades of grey here.
Note that any subject can be spun into absurdist rhetoric, the stories need not be (and likely should not be) born of the political moment. The goal is to have fun with it, not to create life-long enemies. Unless you want to create enemies over the merits of fish over chickens, of course!
- Shuffle the entire deck.
- Deal three cards in “Tiny Stonehenge” formation.
- Call the bottom two cards the participants.
- Call the top card the topic.
The participants discuss the topic, but in terms and viewpoints as polarized as possible. They admit no middle ground, no compromise, no shades of grey between their black and white. Worse, they don’t even agree on the nature of the topic. The left participant sees the topic from its left end, and the right participant see it from the right.
The story need not be strictly in the form of a dialog, of course. For example, it can be written from a single point of view without respect for the real views of the other participant.
For that matter, don’t feel restricted to only two participants, but only two are chosen by the deal of the cards.
And do always remember that the real goal is to have fun!
We find disguise and fork discussing beauty vs. intelligence. Disguise sees only beauty and fork sees only intelligence.
This could be a debate about the merits of Miss Universe vs. the Nobel prizes.