Full disclosure, CNN is my usual news channel. It’s the one I find most neutral of the current, major five cable news channels (CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, CNBC, Al Jazeera). However, I find what they just did to Governor Chris Christie wrong and unbalanced. Chris Christie, possible 2016 presidential candidate, current Republican Governor of New Jersey,…

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Somehow, we have allowed our celebrities to get away with more. They can spend more, drive faster and now they can even abuse their spouse and we let it ride. Sure, there is temporary outrage but are there consequences to the greater organization? Is the NFL adequately held accountable for allowing several players to be…

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This is a fascinating article on one vs two way streets and how these affect both business and pedestrian safety. From a Communications and Perception Analysis standpoint it is a clear example of the kinds of impacts perception can have. I encourage you to read it here.

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Give credit where credit is due. CVS has become the first US national drugstore chain to kick the habit. Gone are cigarettes from all of its stores and we’re talking lots of stores. Now, instead of cigarettes and other tobacco behind the counter, you’ll see, among other things, tobacco cessation aids. Clearly, the tobacco battle…

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There’s something that has always bothered me in advertising. It’s not the lies, those seem to eventually get weeded out by some government organization or consumer advocacy group. The thing I’m talking about are half-truths where the advertiser tells us one thing and omits another. This Andy Capp cartoon talks about one of them; one…

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MH-17, Middle East, Russia, Syria, North Korea or the RDC, guns in our schools, the largest prison population in the world is in the US, climate change… where is the outrage? We are collectively asleep. We are content with our hot running water and smartphones. We’d rather enjoy what we have and close our eyes…

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Having grown up on several continents and coming from a multi-ethnic background, it’s safe to say that I am multi-cultural. I am also, I’d like to believe, open minded. Indeed, when I travel to places, I fully expect different cultures to both behave differently from one another and to communicate uniquely. In the communications field we…

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It’s no secret that I’m a vegan. It’s no secret that in traveling the world I have often complained that restaurants, even supermarkets, have few if any options for vegetarians, much less vegans. The same could be said for the US up until about ten years ago when vegan and vegetarian fare began to make…

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Advertising has come a long way in very few years. Remember, this is mainstream, big newspaper advertising. I am personally very happy to see that large advertisers have the courage to genuinely keep up with social trends. Of course, this opens the debate regarding how far we are willing to go. Are progressives, for instance,…

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