Category Archives: The Power of Narrative

The New Old Story

Who, what, when, where, how, and why. That’s what a news story is supposed to provide, except that last thing, the why, can be problematic. The party in question may not provide any statement of motivation, so a good reporter … Continue reading

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Still Dead

No one really gets old in America – you’ve seen the Viagra commercials. They just get cool in a different sort of way, like Clint Eastwood or Betty White. They get all what-the-hell loose and, presumably, devastatingly honest about everything, … Continue reading

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More Words on the Way

We all know George Bush was a man of few words – and that would be the second President George Bush, not the first one, who no one really remembers because that was so long ago, or so it seems. … Continue reading

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Zen and the Art of Politics

If you listen to Sean Hannity every night on Fox News – not recommended actually – you will learn that President Obama is the most hated American president ever – and he’s so hated no one will vote for him, … Continue reading

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Read All About It

Back in the sixties everyone was reading Tolkien – Frodo saves Middle Earth and Gandalf didn’t really die – and over the last decade or so every kid in the world, and a good number of adults, read the Harry … Continue reading

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Cartoon America

Here’s a thought about pop-culture. Adults do persist in watching cartoons – they just won’t admit it. And we now have cartoons specifically for adults, like the wildly successful Simpsons show, and feature-length animated films like the Shrek and Toy … Continue reading

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Getting To Know You

Maybe democracy was easier in Ancient Greece, where they invented it – there you had a small homogeneous society and voting was limited, limited to the few adult males who really mattered and no one else, with no mass media, … Continue reading

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