UK General Election – analysis of content #GE2017

A few observations to date: You’re a flip-flopper! No, you are!! 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 audience […]

Fake News & Imagined Realities

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 […]

Trump Lessons Part 3: Voters & Prospect Theory

NB: This post was first published in another blog and imported into this one. Please forgive any formatting issues. 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 […]

Trump Lessons Part 1: picking your battles

NB: This post was published in a previous blog and imported into this one. Please forgive any formatting issues. The problem from a political campaigning perspective with the type of handwringing articles we’ve seen about Trump’s sexism and racism is that they focus on the wrong thing. This happens in Sri Lankan politics too. In […]

Strict fathers, Trump and Appachchi

NB: This post was published in a previous blog and imported into this one. please forgive any formatting issues. These were very intriguing articles quoting George Lakoff (one of the great thoughts leaders on political communication) about the influence on voters of moral frameworks and perceptions of parenting. He describes the two models as “strict […]

Roundup on politics, media and campaiging

NB: This post was published in a previous blog and imported into this one. please forgive any formatting issues. There have been a few articles that caught my eye lately, but these two stood out in the context of this blog. The always outstanding Matt Taibbi had an excellent piece on the current status of […]

Experts, framing & communication

NB: This post was published in a previous blog and imported into this one. Please forgive any formatting issues. “Not only were we facing the British establishment in the government, we also, in some ways, took on the world establishment because all these heads of government [including Obama] were coming out to say that Britain […]