Postcards from the Bleeding Edge
Friday, September 26, 2008

  Which Hunt?

Some choice quotes from this week:

I'll start with Palin...



Glenn Greenwald has also had choice things to say about Palin, too many to list.

Palin is nowhere near as good as Peter Sellers at political speech. Palin comes across as genuinely confused, where Sellars comes across as confusing genuinely.

Given Palin's incoherence on the issues, a comparison to Princess Caraboo seems in order.

And then there was the election...



I try not to be depressed. There was such great comic material in everything that happened this week - Letterman bashing McCain, for example, Palin's swimsuit video, for another. This latter video keeps getting pulled for violating copyright law, and the public keeps reposting them - I have little doubt that the recently passed PRO-IP law will be used to suppress further expressions of mass outrage...

Then there was the bailout...

In other absurd news... the Chinese released a detailed account of the total success of their spacecraft launch and spacewalk - complete with dialog - hours before the rocket even left the launchpad.

Not to be outdone by the Chinese, the McCain campaign placed an ad claiming that McCain won today's debate - the ad was showing long before debate and even before anybody knew if he'd even attend.

And I don't think the SEC's methods have improved much over the last 5 years.



Lastly, a bit on the life and times of Edward Bernays, who established some of the core ideas behind amoral PR. He found his ideas used by just about everyone, from capitalist to Marxist, and loved that. I had read Manufacturing Consent decades ago, I'd like to find a copy of Engineering Consent to round out my education.

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