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worth noting that ridiculous hyperbole is becoming standard operating procedure for all parties at all times. Seven days to save the pound, last chance to save the NHS (which seems to be an annual campaign) et al. Much of this is also reflected in public health messaging as warnings over the dangers of smoking and drunk driving become increasingly dramatic whilst the gains from such campaigns are seeing declining returns. My gut feeling is that this isn't only due to politicians (or public health professionals) over estimating the impact of policy, although that's bound to be a factor. More that in response to declining gains through campaigning the struggling communicator tends to shout louder rather than look at changing the medium or the message - which might be more challenging for them. From experience in looking at public health campaigns the real challenge professionals face is that they're often the wrong people to deliver the message as they don't have the necessary credibility or reach - they're just seen as nagging officials. Increasingly they'll work with charities with greater levels of trust to engage with members of the public that don't engage with mainstream health campaigns. Mainstream politicians don't have the option of using a trusted third party so they've only really got the option of shouting louder in order to try and get the attention of an increasingly antipathetic electorate who just don't trust them. This helps feed the minority parties who are able to engage by taking an anti-politics view that is often culturally rather than policy based.
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2015 on Hyperbole in politics at Stumbling and Mumbling
just on the potential of hipster twats having the right idea - this was a good exploration of the issue a while back in the NYT "Don't Mock the Artisanal Pickle Makers" makes a suggestion that we're moving into an era of hyperspecialisation where middle class people can make a living creating niche products for other middle class people. It's a way of avoiding competition with high volume/low margin producers. Like you, I also could see that causing a shift from some of the larger corporates. Seems largely to be limited to street food stalls and microbreweries in my experience - although that's probably more revealing about my consumption preferences than the wider economy. There is some evidence in the article that there's also a growth in "craft" manufacturing in industries such as aviation.
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2014 on Decorporatization at Stumbling and Mumbling
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