I died, see page 56

May 17, 2016
I Died, See Page 56

That’s a real grabber, no? It was the best headline I ever read. A teaser for a first-person account from a guy whose heart had stopped while out hiking, and was then resuscitated on the side of a mountain. It claimed my attention, compelled me to read on, and has ever since served as a […]

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Mr. Zuckerberg had me fooled. I really believed him when he railed about Facebook being an open community that gives everyone a voice. Everyone, that is, who agrees with a liberal, left-coast bias. Seems Facebook isn’t nearly as smart as Mr. Zuckerberg led everyone to believe. What with its automated algorithms and its artificial intelligence’s […]

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I make my living as a publicist in a profession with well-written rules. We represent our clients’ best interests to the media, and make that fact abundantly clear. My name goes on every news release I write. I introduce myself as the public relations source on phone calls. I tip my hand generously to let […]

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Is blogging dead? With so much content being created by so many, do blogs still play a role in corporate communications? We know they do, and not just a role; they often play a pivotal role in projecting corporate narratives into the marketplace. Call it the blogative, the multi-purpose ability of blogs to build brand, […]

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At this point, you gotta wonder if Penn State is doing it on purpose: killing itself with inflammatory, off-mark communications that only add gasoline to the long-simmering Sandusky fire. This time it happens after last week’s media reporting of court documents alleging that an early Sandusky victim had told Coach Joe Paterno about the abuse […]

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The news last week that the Philadelphia Inquirer and its sister properties, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com, would in essence become a non-profit set off a national debate as to whether this new corporate structure is a panacea for all that ails the chronically ill newspaper industry. The transformation was made possible by the […]

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It’s bad. Really bad. Written with made-up words, rambling for pages, and using language that could win The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest for wretched writing. I suffered through Sean Penn’s Rolling Stone secret interview with Mexican drug lord El Chapo to understand how the magazine could allow a celebrity to take on the complicated issue of […]

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Over the holidays, I was rudely interrupted when my cell phone flashed a report naming Peyton Manning as a doper by Al Jazeera America, the Arab-backed news network. I have been a long-time student of Al Jazeera America, studying it to learn how the Arab network tries to shape US opinion. At times, I have seen […]

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How ridiculous: Last week’s viral blurb urging us all to unfriend our Facebook friends who Like Donald Trump. It came courtesy of the link friendswholiketrump.com. Go to it and automatically, you discover Facebook friends who Like The Donald, and urges you then to unfriend these people. But before you go unfriending me or anyone else, […]

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So it happened again. Some psychopath goes on a killing spree, and the media is quick to report that no one saw it coming and that he or she was just a regular guy or gal. It’s a narrative set early and often. Yet, it’s usually dead wrong. Just about every in-depth study of the […]

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