Constructing reality: COVID & economy messaging in Sri Lanka

Prior to reading this, it may help to read my page on Constructing Reality, which gives some basic theoretical background to this blog post. I’ve had a long-standing interest in how reality can be constructed, especially in a political context. Currently, it’s possible to observe this happening in Sri Lanka in a very instructive manner. … Continue reading Constructing reality: COVID & economy messaging in Sri Lanka

Ideological Apparatuses & Interpellation

PART 2 of Constructing a Party As the diagram shows, the Party will have to follow a process in order to propagate its ideology. In this conceptual framework, ideological apparatuses as conceived by Althusser become useful. These provide the tools by which the Party can inculcate the public with its message. It is important to … Continue reading Ideological Apparatuses & Interpellation

Biden, Trump & framing the issues

In a series of tweets, I drew attention to a tactical mistake that Biden made in his response to BLM protests, especially over those in Kenosha. The key points are: "Law & Order" is safe Republican/Conservative territoryBiden is adopting Trump's framing of a nation at war with itself, which makes an authoritarian & conservative leader … Continue reading Biden, Trump & framing the issues

“Forensic” and “Plans”: signifier words

When used about two centrist figures, these words infuriate many on the left. "Forensic" is used ad nauseam to describe Keir Starmer’s interactions with the government and “plans” was a key part of Elizabeth Warren’s brand. The deployment of these words is an interesting and easily understood example of an important communications concept. We can … Continue reading “Forensic” and “Plans”: signifier words

Ideology and campaigns

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk8ibrfXvpQ The idiosyncratic (and always thought-provoking) musings of Zizek aside, ideology has a hugely important but often misunderstood role in the current era of campaigns. It is also one of the four primary criteria in the disruption model of politics. It is crucial to draw a distinction between ideology and policies in this context. Quoting from a previous … Continue reading Ideology and campaigns

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 … Continue reading UK General Election – analysis of content #GE2017

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 … Continue reading Strict fathers, Trump and Appachchi

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 … Continue reading Experts, framing & communication