Category Archives: Communication

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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More Political Reputation-Management: The Truth-o-Meter

Following my recent post about a color-coded reputation management system* for politicians (indicating their truthfulness by the color used to display their names on web pages), I came across Politifact and its Truth-o-Meter. Politifact is a project of the St. … Continue reading

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Digital Journalism Case Study: Live Blogging a Political Convention

The California Democratic Party held its annual convention in San Diego April 27-29, and I was there blogging, along with hundreds of other traditional and web-based reporters. Here are some observations. < - First, a thought about this picture: No … Continue reading

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