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Birmingham, AL
A communicator, who likes to make the complex simple
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There is a Moral Authority that comes from victimhood. You convince yourself that you are a plucky underdog, and it gives you the moral license to let Ends justify the Means. That's what allows a person to openly celebrate being in a party that holds the White House and both chambers of Congress, yet still pretend as though power exists elsewhere and must be defeated for the common good. Those who upset the narrative of identity politics disrupt the game. It is easier to claim moral authority for 50-million aggrieved individuals as long as they aren't seen as being actual humans. MDCB represents the inconvenient truth that to properly represent black America, you can't just yell once and multiply by the census -- you have to get to the messy work of asking what real individuals want and need and desire. The truth is they want MDCB in the underdog club, and to overlook that dogs are not men.
Toggle Commented Dec 11, 2015 on Why Liberals Hate Me at Cobb
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The worst part is that the Experimenters who want to play Busybody outside their own turf are gaining traction, by waging an information war against your neighbors and my neighbors, telling them just how bad and hopeless everything is. They bring Hope, but only after selling the general populace a heaping helping of Hopelessness.
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2015 on Resisting Bernie at Cobb
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I cannot agree with this more.
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2015 on My Kind of Authority at Cobb
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I don't have the link handy, but there is research to suggest that comparatively speaking, self-identified Conservatives can articulate and understand Liberal positions much more than vice-versa. Your experience as shared above speaks to general misconceptions about motive, and source for values. And I never did get the Dog Whistle thing. Maybe I didn't get the decoder ring in my Frosted Flakes.
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2015 on Misconceptions about Conservatives at Cobb
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So, using the photo above as our touchstone: Sally, (pictured) yelling "You lied to me Linus, there IS NO GREAT PUMPKIN" would be Horseshit. Charlie, upon having Lucy yank the football away yet again, could exclaim Bullshit. Appropriately, both children are Brown. And those Van Pelts stir up all manner of shit.
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The Egalitarian mindset is hard to shake at times. We recognize that there is a problem with Law enforcing "Separate But Equal," but Nature itself didn't bless us with equal talents and interests. About the only thing I believe you left out was the failure of Community Managers to properly deal with spam. Faced with the deluge, most have opted for either On or Off, because wading through is a PITA. However, if micropayments ever fulfilled their promise, maybe there would be enough incentive to invest the time. Yet I fear the ham-fisted Egalitarians have won, so now here are my Separate But Equal opinions about modern rock...
Toggle Commented Jul 17, 2015 on How to Beat the Trolls at Cobb
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Michael -- as always, well said. I weep with you -- and I am prone to cry out, because when you dump those bits into the Modern Media SoundBite Blender culture we have, it's not that you have to have a complete and cogent argument that is politically correct -- EVERY G****MNED PHRASE YOU UTTER has to stand on its own, or you will be pilloried and tsk-tsked and tut-tutted right on out to Room 101. I don't particularly like what Robertson said, but the context was totally lost. What he said about homosexual behavior he also said about drunkenness and every other sin you can name. Add in the Justine Sacco nonsense, and now the Grand and Glorious People's Thought Patrol are here to make a citizen arrest, almost down to the level of the syllable.
Toggle Commented Dec 21, 2013 on Obligatory Seriousness on.. Duck! at Cobb
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...and your ideas are certainly deserving of a wider audience than this community.
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2013 on The Long Form at Cobb
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...yet, the first of your categories showing up in the links to the left is "A Punch in the Nose." ;) Seriously, don't leave us. Ever since Google Reader killed my blog-reading mojo, I don't see a lot if it isn't shared to Facebook.
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2013 on The Long Form at Cobb
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Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2013 on Erasing Transparency One Holiday At a Time at Cobb
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When I transferred into public schools in the fourth grade, I was just three weeks into the semester when the teacher told me point blank, in front of the class, that I was a freak and I didn't belong there. I didn't get much pleasure from that -- took years to shake that stigma.
Toggle Commented Nov 21, 2012 on Lost at Barnsdall at Cobb
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Sadly, all it takes it a distinguished-looking counsel to call the executive leadership together, and completely ignore the Crisis Communications protocol. "Here, this is it. This is all you say. Just this. Trust me. I went to school for three extra years, and all of those classes on estates and trusts and taxes and torts and contracts and negotiations automatically give me God-like powers in understanding better communications and how people will react to information we present. Did I mention I am a lawyer?" Which we all know is a crock, but until you've got the buy-in at the top, AND someone advocating for real-time responses to real human questions, then you'll never have someone in the room when the attorneys throw their weight around. I hesitate to call this a communications crisis, because some would then blame the practitioners.
Lovely, every last one of you, inside and out.
Toggle Commented Jan 11, 2012 on Merry Christmas To All at Cobb
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While we're at it, let's bring our Congress-weasels home and let them vote from their districts.
Toggle Commented Dec 16, 2011 on Hack The Vote at Cobb
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Great point. Additional dimensions are often necessary to give context to a data set. We recently added that to something as simple as a threat matrix, by not just plotting the relative likelihood and magnitude, but including the anticipated drift over time. Just adding a vector arrow can make a chart more useful.
Well, at least Obama announced he was bringing home the troops! (...on the same exact timetable that Bush announced years ago. Doh!)
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2011 on Obama the Hack at Cobb
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As I had to tell some others... "That planet is pronounced 'YOOR-uh-nuhs,' so your sign really isn't that funny!"
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2011 on Occupy Jupiter at Cobb
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Bless you for saying it. We're actively separating our Monitoring and Analysis functions (we use Analysis instead of Measurement to highlight that difference further) by putting them in different departments. Our goal is to train up by the end of the year a team in customer service who will handle the minute-to-minute monitoring, and will be able to engage where it makes sense. Outside of that, though, Measurement and Analysis need to exist far outside of the hamster's wheel, lest you allow recency bias to cause overcorrection.
I've been trying to get this idea stolen for almost two years:
Toggle Commented Oct 1, 2011 on Please Steal This Idea at Logic+Emotion
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2011 on Of Midgets and Men... at BloggingDangerously
That's why I want to bring Congress home. All of them.
Spot on, David. Let's also look at the long-term implications of Google's strategy. By going with a "social layer" as you describe it, Google+ doesn't have to go toe-to-toe with Facebook, and doesn't have to replace it. Eventually, Facebook will either stumble, crumble, or fade to irrelevance as some new technology bypasses the need for a walled garden. It won't be next year, but online empires are ripe for overthrow in 10 years. Google+ gives Google a way to stay nimble and flexible, adding new techs and services with the minimum touch necessary. They exist as standalone entities, making incorporation into the +System a matter of alliance or outright purchase. For instance, Facebook bought Friendfeed to grab the people who could scale certain types of features into the whole. Google+ builds those features outside, with a +bar to unite it all. Which architecture will be more nimble? Which architecture involves less investment for the casual user?
Redbox + Green Hornet = answer to the question: "Can a movie be worth less than a dollar?"
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2011 on Kato & The Crazy White Boy at Cobb
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Dan, I know this post is old... but I just came across it. I finally got an answer on March 30, but it wasn't positive. Nor was it helpful, nor was it specific: