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Advertising as propaganda

Published on August 18, 2010 by in InSite Review

THE AGE OF PERSUASION by Terry O’Reilly & Mike Tennant. Alfred A. Knopf, Toronto, 2009. Reviewed by William Sheridan. This book provides a fascinating history and interesting insights about advertising [mediated sales pitch], and I heartily recommend it.  However, it also contains some profound fallacies that wise readers should watch out for! “…the thousands of

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Momentous Moments?

Authority and authorship obviously derive from the same root.  Therefore, since the written word is no longer mainly something impressed on paper and very far indeed from being carved in stone, questions about authoring are in hazard. Nothing furnishes better proof of the tectonic shift in documentation credibility than the growth of Wikipedia. Not only

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Privacy lost – transparency regained?

Published on July 22, 2010 by in Caught Thinking

Authority and authorship obviously derive from the same root.  Therefore, since the written word is no longer mainly something impressed on paper and very far indeed from being carved in stone, questions about authoring are in hazard. Nothing furnishes better proof of the tectonic shift in documentation credibility than the growth of Wikipedia. Not only

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Earth Day at the Ottawa Writers Festival

Published on April 25, 2010 by in Caught Thinking

The Ottawa Writers Festival (OIWF) demonstrates an enviable knack in the ability to weave together disparate threads into intertwined themes. On day one of the 2010 Spring edition we heard three very different presentations on the contentious if inescapable question of sustainability. Latest releases by all three readers are coming and we’ll post reviews to

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Survey of Strategic Thinking interest areas

In a series of introductory workshops on Strategic Thinking. My colleague Ken Prevost at gcTraining.ca and I have been polling attendees to see what really catches their attention about the subject. This is good research of course, but it also conforms to the best principles of experiential – that is, strategic learning. The point is that we learn

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What is authority when everybody has it?

Authority and authorship obviously derive from the same root.  Therefore, since the written word is no longer mainly something impressed on paper and very far indeed from being carved in stone, questions about authoring are in hazard. Nothing furnishes better proof of the tectonic shift in documentation credibility than the growth of Wikipedia. Not only

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Panic – moral and otherwise

Our local newspaper ran an end of year series last week concentrating on the past decade and characterizing its predominant tenor or dominant undercurrent as that of “moral panic”.  We could nitpick, noting that the decade, century and millennium really began at the beginning of 1999 and therefore ended at the start of 2009. Nevertheless,

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We will become truly alive in 2010!

We are writing up a series of reviews on recent books that embody or challenge the core ideas of strategic thinking. A few of these will be dribbled onto the site in February, so watch this space for more regular action in the near future. Among the issues we will be tackling first are the

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Regarding the Categories and How to Access Them

Narrative is how we recall so it takes awhile to get past the impulse to tell everything in the sequence we believe it occurred regardless of circumstance. This habit has its advantages. Ask an insurance adjuster, the police or the emergency department. The first on scene or key witness may not remember which details most

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Illusionary Economics

Published on August 18, 2009 by in InSite Review

HOW MARKETS FAIL: The Logic of Economic Calamities by John Cassidy. Viking Canada, Toronto, 2009. Reviewed by William Sheridan. According to economically-trained Economics Journalist John Cassidy, most of economic theory from Adam Smith to Milton Friedman has been utopian in its assumptions rather than realist.  Forces and processes were postulated that reduced real-life complexity to simplistic terms, and

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