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Ossoff and marketing in GA-06

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“Humble. Kind. Ready to Fight”…but not to win. The Ossoff campaign contained some of the worst email marketing that I have even seen. These passive agrressive and desperate pleas are a hugely ineffective means of getting votes, no matter how effective they are in fundraising.   holy shit the democrats are so bad at this pic.twitter.com/riyhJllp2v — POST GOD (@beezy1peezy) June 20, 2017...

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...

#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...

UK General Election – analysis of content #GE2017

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I’ll be posting about this on an ongoing basis, but a few observations to date:  You’re a flip-flopper! No, you are!! As I pointed out in a tweet, the Lib Dems and Tories are using very similar graphics to draw attention to flip-flops by each other’s party leader. While this style of an image can be a useful tool, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the onset of a degree of...

Fake News & Imagined Realities

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Having been away for a week, a fortuitous selection of holiday reading lead me to some insights on the fake news phenomenon and its impact on the recent US election.  Let me list these out, before exploring them in more detail: A unique quality of humans is our ability to create imagined realities. Many things that are fundamental to society are fictional constructs. Therefore humans were always...

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...

Facebook vs. YouTube: battling over music

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Two recent analyses highlighted an increasingly heated battle over the dominant player in music video streaming. Music video is streaming music’s killer app. According to MIDiA’s latest consumer survey, 45% of consumers watch music videos on YouTube or Vevo every month, while 25% of consumers use YouTube for music every week (more than any of the streaming audio services). So what YouTube and...

Gary Hart and why Trump was inevitable.

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We’re all going to have to seriously question the system for selecting our national leaders, for it reduces the press of this nation to hunters and Presidential candidates to being hunted. In an episode of the excellent Axe-Files podcast featuring the equally excellent Matt Bai, the Gary Hary scandal and Bai’s book on it were discussed. Having only a passing familiarity with the...

Trump vs. everyone

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Originally written for socialmedia.lk A great example of how social media has changed politics is taking place in America with the battle over how Obama’s healthcare policies are to be changed under the new administration. President-elect Donald Trump is setting the stage for a potential clash with his fellow Republicans when it comes to the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act...

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...

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