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The “No Labels” Label

From their website: Who We Are –
“We are not labels – we are people.
We care deeply about our country.
We are frustrated and concerned about the tone of politics.
We are passionate about addressing America’s challenges.
We are Democrats, Republicans and Independents.
Most importantly, we are Americans.”
So they are not labels.
They are Democrats, Republicans, Independents,… Read the rest

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Petitioning Against Reality

A petition is ostensibly a show of mass support for a course of action someone else is supposed to take.
In practice they are often used to make a statement more so than to catalyze action. Generally though a petition is dressed up to appear as a request or demand for action.
This petition doesn’t have the usual… Read the rest

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Codebreaking: Doritos’ “Best Part”

http://www.youtube.com/user/CrashtheSuperBowl#p/u/5/qRMMBXx3kqk
Advertising doesn’t just sell you the products you love and aspirational images. It also tells you what to shun and who not to be.
In Doritos’ “Best Part” we see a masculine, recently haircutted black man just a notch or two of attractiveness below Nivea Man. Looks good but not a supermodel – he could be you if… Read the rest

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Framing Deficit Debates

The United States is in debt and running a deficit. Two parties frame the situation differently to define their solutions as correct and hide their subjectivity.
Democrats frame a deficit problem as “Spending more than we take in” – or if in a particularly taxing mood “Taking in less than we spend.” The logical solution is to raise taxes,… Read the rest

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Coke or Pepsi? Pick Your Poison.

Coke or Pepsi? Pick Your Poison.

CNN’s “This or That” gimmick in the latest GOP Presidential Debate is the newest indignity for those running for the highest office in the land. I imagine CNN feels irrelevant and is propping itself up by showing how it can make presidential candidates dance for the camera. That and trying to get more facebook friends.
I groaned at the… Read the rest

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Cartoon makes big deal of not making big deal of Down Syndrome

Cartoon makes big deal of not making big deal of Down Syndrome

See the cartoon’s advertisement.
“Punky is a little girl with lots going on…” “she has lots of friends and lots of fun…” and?
“And I have Down Syndrome.”
Of course.
After seeing this commercial I thought the show might be a faux kids’ show targeted at a somewhat older audience, but after viewing an episode I’m pretty… Read the rest

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Nameless: Industry Standard

Nameless: Industry Standard

Good Morning America and ABC News ran a story about a mother, “Kerry Campbell” who gives her 8-year old daughter botox injections for beauty pageants. The mom gives a fake name and the news reports it without mentioning its a pseudonym.
We now know its a pseudonym now because of a Child Protective Services investigation. Apparently, many viewers decided… Read the rest

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