Monthly Archives: October 2012

One more on polls / the role of the political journalist?

Nieman Journalism Lab discussed Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog and the ability of a journalist to make predictions in an election. Silver was credited for using calibrations as opposed to mere horse-race talk. Silver is contrasted with folks over at CNN (and any major news network) who mislead audiences by failing to grasp how to read and […]

Mass Knows Mitt

I was sent this an e-mail this morning and found it really damning (for lack of a better word). A series of negative accounts from Mass residents on Mitt Romney’s run as governor. While the site displays important testimonials, there is a lot of information lacking on how the creators found the disgruntled Bay Staters […]

BuzzFeed and Obama + Sandy

BuzzFeed, a website skilled at creating viral videos and memes, has semi-partnered with Obama by airing an original campaign ad. The website obviously attracts younger eyes, the youth group that Obama is still hoping will support him en masse a la 2008. Thing is though, for the site that prides itself on trending and spreading […]

The Danger of Meme Leveraging

The first use of “meme” comes from Richard Dawkins: “1976   R. Dawkins Selfish Gene xi. 206   The new soup is the soup of human culture. We need a name for the new replicator, a noun which conveys the idea of a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation. ‘Mimeme’ comes from a suitable […]

An Open Letter to Ann Coulter

My mother always told me not to speak unless I had something nice to say. I have few kind words for Ann Coulter, especially after her offensive Tweet.  However, John Franklin Stephens is more tolerant than I am. He is Global Messenger, Special Olympics Virginia, and has written a beautiful letter.  I realize this only vaguely relates to […]

New Gregory Brothers Video

“Yes We Chant” 

Stage 3 Romnesia (another possible meme)

From the NYT: Obama: “If you say you love American cars in the debate, but you wrote an article called ‘Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,’ you might have Romnesia,” Mr. Obama said. “If you can’t remember the policies on your Web site or the promises that you’ve been making over the six years you’ve been running […]

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