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Influence

Let’s accept Hewitt’s notion of influence. . . roughly getting people to do what you want. This might make Oprah influential, but for what? She gets folk to buy stuff. Does she change lives in very meaningful ways? I doubt it.Johnson changed the very vocabulary of an entire meaningful debate. This one act is more significant than every self-help book Oprah has ever sold. Is there anything more basic than origins?

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