Category Archives: Communication

Literacy now includes not just language, not just media, but code, too.

…as we’re reminded by CodeNow, featured at WhiteHouse.gov today: CodeNow focuses on developing the next pioneers in technology by teaching underserved youth foundational skills in computer science and programming with the objective of narrowing the current digital divide. The organization … Continue reading

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Ice Cream Tells the Story of How the Stimulus Worked (VIDEO)

Written for the Huffington Post. Hundreds of billions of dollars were spent, and millions of words were argued. And now a little ice cream shop in Santa Cruz, California has made it clear why the stimulus program was worth it. … Continue reading

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What If Democrats Could Just Say What They Believe?

Written for the Huffington Post. Less than two years after Barack Obama ran a free master class in political communications, too many Democrats act like it never happened. Too many are back to parsing polls, searching for what they should … Continue reading

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Quran-Burning Coverage: The Hollowness of “Storytelling” as a Journalistic Value

Written for the Huffington Post: It’s Journalism 101: You have to have a story. Who’s the protagonist? Who or what are they up against? And most importantly, what does it mean? It’s been a foundation of reporting for so long … Continue reading

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The “Ground Zero Mosque”: The Perfect Republican Talking Point

Written for the Huffington Post:In the last post Zach Friend and I wrote, we detailed the recipe for a Republican Talking Point. In the short time since then there has appeared a perfect example: the “Ground Zero mosque.” It isn’t … Continue reading

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Have Democrats Lost The Narrative?

By Zach Friend & Spencer Critchley, at Huffington Post: Time after predictable time, Republicans roll out a new set of bogus talking points. And time after time, Democrats argue the facts — and lose. That’s got to change. Here’s how … Continue reading

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Obama’s Credit Gap – Why the President’s Victories Go Unnoticed

By Zach Friend & Spencer Critchley, at Huffington Post: We knew this was coming. The media have finally noticed the gap between Barack Obama’s extraordinary achievements — health care reform, financial reform and preventing a depression, to name a very … Continue reading

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Why TV commercials are so loud

With Rep. Anna Eshoo’s bill to turn down TV ads in the news (Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation, or CALM, Act), here again is my explanation of why ads sound so loud when broadcasters claim they hit the same levels as … Continue reading

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Warmer, Fuzzier – The Refreshed Logo

via nytimes.com A great peek into the thinking that goes into brand identities, and a real indicator of how times have changed: companies used to want to look like authorities, and now they want to look like friends. Posted via … Continue reading

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A List Apart: Articles: In Defense of Eye Candy

via alistapart.com A great post on why attractive design is more useful, by UI consultant Stephen P. Anderson. Emotions are not just the waste heat of cognition, they’re essential to cognition. So attractive products are not just “more fun” to … Continue reading

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