Two Examples of Mindguards to Maintain Framing


1.  Don;t get shot down.


2. , Ignoting the secodn letter

KENNY
I agree.  If there has been a coup, and there's a hard-line government in power now, then it doesn't matter what we say.  The end of the day we'll either agree to their terms, they'll agree to ours, or we'll go to war.  But what if there hasn't been a coup?  What if... what if what is happening is a series of accidents?

        SORENSEN
The second letter is an accident?

        KENNY
No.  The letter is an intentional, but it's having an effect far greater than its authors intended.
    (beat)
What if our Jupiter missiles are just a last minute haggle to salvage something?  
Maybe a bone Khruschev is throwing to the hard line, not really caring if we reject it or not?
    (beat)
And then these accidents have happened.

            BOBBY
Making the second letter and the overall picture look worse than it really is.

        SORENSEN
The Guns of August.

        KENNY
Exactly.
(beat)
If they're sane and human like we are, then maybe we just refuse, and they'll let it slide, like we've been letting things slide.

        SORENSEN
So we reject the second letter.

And Kenny looks at Bobby.  The world stops.

        KENNY
No.  We don't reject it...

It hits Bobby like a lightning bolt.

        BOBBY
We accept the first letter and pretend the second doesn't exist.