0

Side Effect of Your Brain

Posted by Michael Dolan on March 19, 2016 in Uncategorized |

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 […]

Tags: , , ,

0

De-coding the News

Posted by Michael Dolan on February 22, 2016 in Uncategorized |

            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 […]

Tags:

0

Politician Writers Never Learn

Posted by Michael Dolan on January 30, 2016 in Uncategorized |

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 […]

Tags: , ,

0

Who is “Yankee Doodle”? Why a “macaroni”?

Posted by Michael Dolan on January 27, 2016 in Uncategorized |

You’ve sung the song. It has an interesting history. See it here: http://www.vox.com/2016/1/26/10832840/yankee-doodle-meaning

Tags: ,

0

Undefined = Untrustworthy

Posted by Michael Dolan on November 1, 2015 in Uncategorized |

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, […]

Tags: ,

0

“Diversity” part of the problem

Posted by Michael Dolan on November 1, 2015 in Uncategorized |

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 […]

Tags:

0

1984 Will not End

Posted by Michael Dolan on October 24, 2015 in Uncategorized |

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 […]

Tags: , , ,

0

Demonizing “Liberal”

Posted by Michael Dolan on October 24, 2015 in Uncategorized |

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 […]

Tags:

0

I’ll Try a Stupid Question but it’s not Fair

Posted by Michael Dolan on October 24, 2015 in Uncategorized |

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

Tags:

0

“Liberal” Interpretations

Posted by Michael Dolan on August 26, 2015 in Uncategorized |

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? […]

Tags: ,

Copyright © 1970-2017 FRESH: The Blog of Power and Language All rights reserved.
This site is using the Desk Mess Mirrored theme, v2.2.4.1, from BuyNowShop.com.