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4 June 2004

spoken/ heard

Cosby's Demons
When Bill Cosby chastised blacks for racism, he revealed his own demons, and ours.

our daily bread


"...people who cannot suffer can never grow up, can never discover who they are. That man who is forced each day to snatch his manhood, his identity out of the fire of human cruelty that rages to destroy it knows, if he survives his effort, and even if he does not survive it, something about himself and human life that no school on earth-and, indeed, no church- can teach. He achieves his own authority, and that is unshakable. This is because, in order to save his life, he is forced to look beneath appearances, to take nothing for granted, to hear the meaning behind the words...If one is continually surviving the worst that life can bring, one eventually ceases to be controlled by a fear of what life can bring."

        -James Baldwin

Propaganda is a systematic propagation of a doctrine, ideology, or idea of value to the speaker. I think the key word in that definition is "systematic." Merely stating an ideology or doctrine does not constitute propaganda. The ideology or doctrine must be spread through a system of communication events with the long-term goal of getting the audience to adopt a new way of thinking.

The term is often used pejoratively to describe attempts to move public opinion in a way, or to a position, that the critic doesn't like. One person's propaganda is another's cogent discourse. We should, however, put a finer point on the definition. We may evaluate a messages as propaganda when we detect that the speaker is trying to deceive more than to persuade (understanding that this, too, is a judgment call)..

3 June 2004

just read

I thought that four months in the gym had gone a long way toward conquering my fear, my embarrassment, my (dare I say it?) loathing of my appearance, but that wasn't the case as I...

miss k. undercover Posted by Hello

new edition

miss k. has graciously accepted the invitation to become a member of this group blog.
i want to thank her and everyone else for their support.

2 June 2004

from the winter of my disconnect Posted by Hello

singing for my supper

i'm always curious as to why groups of people 'tour' the facility in which i work. i get the curious sensation of people wanting to walk in the footsteps of that thing which has proven to be successful, durable in time. as if some element of fortune is an ambient quality of the atmosphere within these walls.
we are a destination for pilgrimage, a must 'see' vision of the social service 'promise-land' that will reveal its secret to the wayfaring stranger.

more...just read

Anya Kamenetz finds that 18- to 34-year-olds haven't formed a real constituency and don't see their shared interests across lines of class, education level, and ethnicity.

read'em & weep

...guess I should have lern't to jot and tittle a little better! 
The National Association of Colleges and Employers' (NACE) Winter 2004 Salary Survey.  Here's what NACE's top ten jobs for grads pull in the first year on the job:

just read!

Pace for the Position
by Dan Seidman
Monster Contributing Writer

Remember your last sales job interview? Robert was a recruiter for five years when he finally got the chance to run his own office. He quickly found out that hiring good sales employees was no easy task. Here's his story:

just read!

Announcing the 2004 SPIN Academy
Applications for the Sixth Annual SPIN Academy, taking
place August 11-15 in Petaluma, CA,  are now being
accepted. Presented by the SPIN Project, this residential
retreat offers progressive leaders accessible,
comprehensive communications training and support in order
to help organizations dedicated to social change become
more media-savvy. For more information and details on how
to apply, visit:

1 June 2004

man at work Posted by Hello

opening day

just sent out several invites to people who may be interested in communicating via this blog. i believe this forum can be more informative and accessible than e-mail because we can post messages and pictures to this blog from anywhere in the www.


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