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  • Reply to: Desperately Seeking Disclosure: What Happens When Public Funds Go To Private PR Firms?   14 years 7 months ago
    I think one effective strategy we should use to limit the power of the public relations industry and more generally, the powerful, is to create media that are so independent and transparent that they can not be used by PR people. This website is a great example, another is http://coanews.org -We need to support these organizations much more - more volunteering, and above all more donations. -Also send out a not to friends telling them they should sign up to their email lists, or make them your/their homepage etc... these organization exist but they do not have the budget to get the word our like their corporate counterparts - this is what they need grassroots support for.
  • Reply to: Desperately Seeking Disclosure: What Happens When Public Funds Go To Private PR Firms?   14 years 7 months ago
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  • Reply to: The War of the Words   14 years 7 months ago

    "Take for example the term 'the American people' used by your President endlessly."

    Guess what, it's not only the president -- it's every politician in our country.

    "Do they presume Americans as so silly that they can't understand an idea or concept using concise speech or is there some other hidden answer that a dumb Aussie like me can't fathom?"

    I think you've fathomed it better than most Americans. And sadly, most Americans seem to fall for it -- at least enough to be sold on the terrible policies wrapped in the verbiage.

    Also, notice I said "most Americans," not "the American people." You only say the latter when you want to flatter them, like the politicians.

  • Reply to: The War of the Words   14 years 7 months ago
    Stephanie Mot makes an excellent comment on a most important issue, and one that does not just apply to Americans. As an Australian I despair at the way 'USA speak' has begun to permeate my own language. From an Aussie's perspective I add two further comments which may, or may not ring true to US readers: 1. When I was in high school my English teachers taught us that economy of language was usually best in the majority of cases. Thus if one could use two, or even one word to say what was being said in 3 or more this normally resulted in a greater level of comprehension by most readers. In the US, and increasingly in Australia this maxim seems to have died. Take for example the term 'the American people' used by your President endlessly. In Australia, we would normally use the term 'Americans' but now even our Prime Minister seems to have been vaccinated by whoever got to the President. 2. This leads to a further point: why is it that President Bush, most of his team and many other politicians and leaders seem to have to speak in 3 word phrases these days? Are they seeking to fill in space/time? Do they presume Americans as so silly that they can't understand an idea or concept using concise speech or is there some other hidden answer that a dumb Aussie like me can't fathom? Let's all work to get rid of this superfluous style of speech and focus on the issues before both our nations using 'simple' English.
  • Reply to: Confrontational Democracy   14 years 7 months ago
    So, Bush and Co. now want to spend 20.4 Mil of our tax dollars so that their message can be broadcast to Iranians? Has anyone done a study of how effective these propoganda tactics are? Honestly, they dont seem to be too effective, Iran still considers us to be the "Great Satan". Does anyone in Iran actually listen to US radio? Just a suggestion, how about using my 20.4 mil to re-fund one of the blue bazillion social programs Bush has already cut.

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