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My children took swimming lessons when they were toddlers. It was one of those Australian schools where the kids jump right in and experience the difference and the trauma of water and the inability to breathe (and the ability to sink!). We also signed them up for lifeguard training at the age of 9 so …

Swimming with Sharks: Media Defense in Bloody Water Read More »

Psychologists, journalists and those in the health industry have been peppering you with messages about media consumption, screen time, and gaming. Yet, these people don’t quite understand how your kids work. They offer trite, simple advice like: Reduce screen time Set schedules Addiction is bad (black/white) Lock down devices Set-up security filters Don’t install certain …

Why Youth Screen Time and Video Game Obsessions Are Not the Issue Read More »

Excerpt from the new Amazon almost best-seller  Media Collusion: Journalism and Marketing Experts Share the Secrets of Sneaky Advertising, Targeted Persuasion, AI and Tracking, Political Deception and Coercion, and Dishonest News “The world is ruled and the destiny of civilization is established by the human emotions.” – Napoleon Hill Offline and Online Persuasion The types of …

Media Motivation Mechanics – Persuasion Types Read More »

Excerpt from the book, Media Collusion (Available on Amazon today in paperback and Kindle formats) “Fear is freedom! Subjugation is liberation! Contradiction is truth! Those are the facts of this world! And you will all surrender to them, you pigs in human clothing!” – Satsuki There used to be a well-defined line that separated hard news and …

The Mythical Wall Between Editorial and Advertising Read More »

The way news is created has changed dramatically in the internet age. The old production and curation techniques of broadcast news have cratered, leaving this huge opening for salacious sites, fake news and suspect bloggers. The modern currency for news is now ATTENTION. Any story, clip or meme that floats through cyberspace has only a …

6 Telltale Signs of Fake News – Courtesy of Ryan Holiday Read More »

Can you spot the irony? Tucker Carlson’s Tech Tyranny segment offers a huge opening for Dean Garfield, president of the Information Technology Council. [VIDEO Media Deconstruction]

Political passions aside, this illuminating interview between Trump advisor Brad Parscale and PBS Frontline journalist James Jacoby describes the new media world we now inhabit where opinion and commentary drives ad revenue.  The interviewer and interviewee have much different opinions on how smart or stupid the American public is with respect to the way news …

Opinion Vs. News: Trump Adviser Brad Parscale on the Big Media Shift Read More »

The news media crafts news with two goals in mind – addiction and virality. If you’re not talking about certain topics and sharing it with your social groups, the media are failing at their primary job. The more they succeed with addiction and surpirse, the more relevancy they maintain. Of course, that means they can …

News by Design: Surprise Addiction Read More »

Excerpt from the book, Media Collusion (Available on Amazon today in paperback and Kindle formats) Think about all of this with a comparison of two people. Ted and Steve are recent college graduates. They attended respectable schools and graduated with 3.5 grade point averages, some party skills, and a slightly better understanding of females than …

Who are you? A Steve or a Ted? Two media consumer profiles Read More »

The term “fake news” has been pounded so furiously by both media watchers and the public. It’s become a term that’s bereft of meaning. But it’s worth exploring in more detail, because the reasons for the fakeness are somewhat complex and absolutely intriguing. First, let’s take look at what journalism has become in the digital …

Why Most News Is Fake Read More »

From the full YouTube TEDx Talk Free Local Event Tonight 7/31/18 at Newport Beach Central Library 7:00-8:30PM

FULL NO AGENDA SHOW WITH NOTES TOPICS: PR and promotion on mainstream programming. All news is good news for PR people. Get the story on the air and you’ve succeeded. Native Advertising.  Starting a shit-storm on Twitter. Using Twitter as direct quotes. They’re already written for you. Tuning out by ignoring media.

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