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Demographics, Voting blocs and wishful thinking

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A video from a 2014 marketing summit and a Sri Lankan political opinion piece from the start of this week provided some thought-provoking insight into a form of reductionism and generalisation. This kind of thinking is not just misleading, for campaigns it is a dangerous trap that can undermine communications and marketing. As Adam Conover points out, the term “Millennial” is about...

Using the Political Disruption Model

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This event which provided the most detailed articulation to date of Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s inevitable Presidential campaign also provides an opportunity to apply the political disruption model. As I (smugly) pointed out on Twitter, I identified the contours of this campaign earlier this year. This works well for the GR for President / MR (or proxy) for PM campaigns. Elect a no-nonsense...

All about the base: Mahinda’s 40%

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It’s a shame that a rare sensible & analytical look at #LGPolls2018 #LGpollSL had to be in The Island @PresRajapaksa 40%+ base is the most significant number in #srilanka-n politics. pic.twitter.com/VMHywio5ml — Rajit Hewagama (@rajit_h) February 15, 2018 Pay attention to the numbers and this part: In very general terms Rajapaksa and his party has had the support of around 45% of the...

Netflix, voting systems, eCommerce in Sri Lanka & food

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Netflix A week of interesting numbers: This was very enlightening analysis: The drive for original content is likely to weigh further on Netflix’s cash flow, the company wrote in the July document outlining its content accounting. The main reason for that is that it recognizes the production expenses of making a show, while it’s being produced. That could mean Netflix will incur costs years...

Political candidates in Sri Lanka, #GE2017 aftermath

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We can do better? This is a typical example of the worthy but flawed thinking that so many people have about politics in Sri Lanka: Do we at least now not need to think beyond blind allegiance to a colour of a political party but select good, honest men and women with integrity to exercise our sovereign legislative, executive and judicial powers to finally make policy-based decisions that will at...

FT.LK: Media ethics & advertorials in Sri Lanka

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Cross-posted on socialmedia.lk This article on the ft.lk is an example of dubious media ethics in Sri Lanka. I point it out not to nitpick, but because it is indicative of an industry that is crucial to the health of a nation. A robust and trustworthy news industry is a vital component of a healthy society. The ft.lk newspaper seems to be using technology provided by a company called Emojet to...

Jobs vs. Volkswagen

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Originally written for socialmedia.lk We wrote a post earlier about Sri Lankan Government communication during an intense news cycle last week. Having written on the use of framing in communication, I thought it worth pointing out recent and better executed government communication. Specifically, how economic developments were framed in terms of jobs and economic opportunities. This is...

Hambantota port strike

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Originally written for socialmedia.lk. The comments here show the disconnect between the mainstream media in Sri Lanka and the public. To the MSM, the issue is about the alleged assault on a journalist; to the public, the issue is about a politically motivated strike to disrupt the attempt to make the port viable in the long-term. This is not to excuse attacks on journalists or strikers. It is an...

Voters & Prospect Theory: Trump Lessons Part 3

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This concept from Behavioral Economics is important in understanding why Trump won. Simply put, prospect theory posits that individuals are risk averse when facing favourable prospects but are more accepting of risks when faced with losses. In the case of the US elections, a significant number of voters had negative feelings about their current situation and their long-term prospects. They also...

Strict fathers, Trump and Appachchi

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These articles quoting George Lakoff, one of the great thoughts leaders on political communication, about the influence moral frameworks and perceptions of parenting have on voters were very intriguing. He describes the two models as “strict father” and “nurturant parent.” In the former, he says, “the father knows best, the father knows right from wrong, and the job...

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