Reality Show Update 2013


So here we are at year’s end again, and it’s time for our annual review of reality shows, as we did in 2012 and in 2011. So without further ado, how real were the shows in 2013? DUCK DYNASTY Tradition … Continue reading

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Corporate Sabotage part 1

Competition is good – the whole idea of competition is that corporations will compete with one another, and in the process develop new, better, cheaper products. Often, it does – and the company with the better product goes on to … Continue reading

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Manipulating social media, part 1


On the Internet, who can you trust? There’s an old joke that on the Internet, nobody knows that you’re a dog. That may be true, but it does raise the question of who can you trust online? Or, more prosaically, … Continue reading

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The power of narrative

The Storytellers

If you’re a regular reader of this blog (and frankly, if not, why not? It’s quality stuff!) one theme that you might recognize across several posts – such as this one or this one –  is that a lot of … Continue reading

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Manipulative Mistakes, part One


To err is human. But when you truly want to err, you need to add in a dash of manipulation. People make mistakes every day. Most are benign – a typo here, a tile that doesn’t fit there, a delay … Continue reading

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PRISM manipulations


Much of the web is alight with the news of the NSA’s PRISM program that came to light a few days ago. It is the cover of the Guardian , USA today,  and others. In other words, it is a … Continue reading

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