Posts by Michael Dolan:
Regulators can rule the words in televised drug commercial but not the message. The combination of words, image, pace, and framing can often overcome viewer doubt.
The FDA requires drug companies to state certain warnings about their products so people can make informed decisions. But there is a way to circumvent your safeguards, according to Bruce E. Levine on Alternet.
“A major technique used to weaken the impact of the warning section is for it to be reported by an off-screen voice.” Levine reports “In contrast, we routinely see a person having life-changing improvement after taking the drug, and seeing that person’s transformation creates a mental billboard.”
Found out the details here: http://www.alternet.org/drugs/why-tv-drug-ads-work-despite-disclosing-terrifying-side-effects
Do you know what “Populist” and “Developing economy” really mean, according to most reporters? These are just two of eight “toxic euphemisms American empire uses to numb us to its brutality,” writes Adam Johnson of the left-leaning Alternet. Worth reading regardless of your political orientation. I missed the true meaning of “no-fly […]
Latest example comes from liberal darling Elizabeth Warren. Interesting thought requires originality. Which Warren did not exercise in her latest New York Times op-ed, according to Ben Mathis-Lilley of Slate. “I’m having trouble remembering anything Warren said about it because her column sounds like it was written in 10 minutes using a bag of […]
You’ve sung the song. It has an interesting history. See it here: http://www.vox.com/2016/1/26/10832840/yankee-doodle-meaning
Even if you don’t agree with his politics, it’s easy to agree with Thomas Sowell’s idea of why vague phrases are used to manipulate voters. Plans to “soak the rich,” for example, are popular but unrealistic and lack factual basis, writes the senior fellow at the Hoover Institute “Whether in politics or in the media, […]
I don’t know about you, but I have always considered “diversity” the newest way of including people — applying to people from various races and ethnicities. Ellen Berrey has convinced me otherwise. She describes herself as an academic but otherwise does not clarify her position in an otherwise excellent essay on Salon. She says the […]
This essay breaks no new ground in discussing George Orwell’s novel 1984. But it does show how the books ideas continue to maintain supremacy. Robert Hassan, Associate Professor, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, is actually reviewing the play 1984. The play addresses the post modern surveillance state as it exists today. Hassan […]
As the meaning of certain political words evolves, the power dynamics in society often change. David Morris, co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, discusses some of those changes over the past half century. His points are thoughtful even if you don’t agree fully. Check out what he has to say about “welfare,” “entitlement” and […]
Those are just a few of the phrases you should avoid at work, according to Dr. Travis Bradberry, the cofounder of TalentSmart. But that might be tougher than you think, Bradberry said, because the phrases tend to creep up on you. See his whole list of “career killers” at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/11-things-you-shouldn-t-say-at-work-a6692601.html
Poll after poll shows big government projects have lost public trust. Wide skepticism greets the announcement of any new proposed social program. Can you even remember the last time the federal government tried to fix a social program the way it did in the 1960s, 1970s and into the 1980s? What happened to the liberals? […]