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Leadership in a BIG data world

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Data isn’t the goal With our obsession with data, we forget that knowledge is a means to an end. Ultimately, if we are to influence the behaviour of others, we need to move their hearts and minds. Economic and political choices are not always made for rational or logical reasons. Learning about other people should allow us to make better decisions in terms of how we can serve them. Data...

Politics, policy & media

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Over the weekend He is both polarising and popular, and the adaption of The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army as a Jeremy Corbyn political anthem is one of the more unusual and amusing stories from 2017. How to Recognize Propaganda | Cold War Era Educational Film | ca. 1957 I was amused by this video that showed up on my YouTube feed. The more things changed…etc. topical AND ironic:...

Monopolies, Uber and Information

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The dominance of Facebook and Google as information gatekeepers strips us of power and leaves us helpless. This is what they, and those that aspire to join them, are designed to do. In the crucial early hours after the Las Vegas mass shooting, it happened again: Hoaxes, completely unverified rumors, failed witch hunts, and blatant falsehoods spread across the internet. But they did not do so by...

#GE2017 – Demographics, policy and messaging

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Some recent tweets: There is an interesting  and ongoing battle between the Conservative’s rigid messaging on Corbyn and Brexit and wider issues on policies. 2. In light of this pic.twitter.com/4hN8pibVnz — Rajit Hewagama (@rajit_h) May 16, 2017 The message may (pun intended) be getting through but what do voters value? 2 sides of this chart stand in stark contrast. #GE2017 will be a real...

Roundup on politics, media & campaigning.

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There’ve been a few articles that caught my eye lately, but these two stood out in the context of this blog. The always excellent Matt Taibbi had an excellent piece on the current status of the news media in light of the US Presidential elections. But young audiences in particular tend to be incredibly turned off by the media-as-cheerleaders model of reporting. News audiences among the...

Unscaling political parties and disintermediation.

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Unscaling was not a  phrase I was familiar with in a political context, though the basic principle is certainly well known: conventional business paradigms are being disrupted by technology.  To unscale refers to the specific act of “dismantling all large-scale, vertically integrated, mass-market institutions”. I have been writing about the disintermediation effect that we are witnessing during...

Media disintermediation and priming in politics.

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Having posted earlier on the way agenda setting and priming have functioned in the US Presidential Primaries, I thought it useful to take a look at how social media affects this process, focusing on the impact of owned media. My interest in this was also stimulated by listening to a number of podcasts and having read articles that seemed bemused about why the largely negative press coverage of...

Agenda Setting in Trump’s Triumph

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A note about one of the many things that struck me while observing the Republican primaries. I thought it an interesting exercise to evaluate this using the agenda setting marketing theory. Agenda-setting theory describes the “ability [of the news media] to influence the salience of topics on the public agenda.” Using this, it is apparent that  media’s overwhelming coverage of...

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