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Values and Politics

I guess the “discussion” on family values was a key lightning rod from many years ago that got people thinking about values and politics. Of course, it was much earlier than that when this has been brought up. For example, Aristotle talks about areas of excellence that the Citizen, or member of the city-state should have to be a model individual in society. In the sense of family values thinking, this was also restricting of the group being focused on. A Citizen was basically an adult male of a certain level of means and breeding.

“Family values” suggests that there is basically one set of values that should be the model for all families which is a kind of ludicrous notion. However, there was/is a segment of the population for which this resonated.

But it does highlight a couple of key themes in politics, the need to communicate ideas and concepts in a manner that is best understood by the constituency you want to reach. This would include modifying your language to heighten the receptance of the message with the chosen audience.

Language is one way we express our values (family or otherwise). By understanding the language or culture of a target group, one can modify the message to best connect with that group.

Rather than sending out a mass mailing, you can send less mailings but based on targetted language to target groups that are congruent with that language. Somthing akin to laser sighting for the mailings.

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May 8, 2006 Posted by | Random Thoughts | Leave a comment

Are Bloggers Narcissists?!?

I was pondering Nick Wilson‘s  post “Call for Performancing Authors”.
I had not really thought about posting on this blog account, but I
guess it is as good as any! I do most of my blogging elsewhere.

Among other things, I have been using Squidoo
(which is a site that makes it easy to collect infomation that you
think might be useful to others). About a week or so ago, I posted one
of my Squidoo lenses to digg. I actually got a comment back! Apart from
bad grammar and spelling, he basically said that it was mainly a
self-serving site used to promote my own interests.

It hit me. Isn’t that what most blogs are? When it comes down to it,
most blogs have sometype of self serving or self promoting interest.
The company does it to inform and get customers; the politician to get
the word out, etc. Even the more diary oriented ones or those that are
informative are still being done to promote something — if for nothing
else than inflating the blogger’s ego. I do it for a number of reasons,
keeping customers up to date, floating ideas, creating a Squidoo lens
to highlight kids’ cancer because of someone I know.

I do not like to think that I am a narcissist, but at some level I guess I am.

Don’t get me wrong…I think they are very useful and I have way too
many blogs of others that I try to track, but I also do mine because I
want to (at some level) be validated.


(Side Note: I really like Performancing, most of my posts are done using it!)

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April 6, 2006 Posted by | Commentary, Random Thoughts, Tech, Technology | Leave a comment

Time for Team Blogging?

I was reflecting on this post from Chris Garret overat Performancing. It really rings true for me. There is so much I would like to cover or write about but it just does not seem there is enough time! It used to be that the whole point of blogging is that you could get online and write with little or no barriers on ease of use, etc. It kind of reminds me of the early 80s when PageMaker from Aldus (now Adobe) came out. Everyone was doing (or wanting to do) newsletters. It was easy. 😉 Then it hit that in order to be successful you had to morph into something else (or many things). To do a reasonable job, you essentially became a mini-newspaper. And so it goes with blogging….

BTW: While it is not the only tool that I use, I am writing this with Performancing 1.1.1.

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March 9, 2006 Posted by | Collaboration, Commentary, Community, Personal, Random Thoughts, Technology, Web 2.0 | Leave a comment

Higher-level values

Heigher-level values

Originally uploaded by Herbert Spencer.

This is an interesting, rather simple values framework. But it at least gets people to think…

February 27, 2006 Posted by | Random Thoughts | Leave a comment

edgeio is released

I have only just started taking a look at this new tagging app. Thought it was worth a look-see.07d19683e6d5

edgeio-key: 0c2d4d8d68030d7a628b5b7bc5007d19683e6d5c

February 27, 2006 Posted by | Random Thoughts | Leave a comment

MapMuse is a pretty good new mashup. I live in the wine country (Napa, CA) and I can use it to find wineries that I am interested in. Pretty cool.

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February 22, 2006 Posted by | Random Thoughts | Leave a comment

Scientists Enlist Clergy

Interesting article on how Scientists and Clergy are working together on the issue of evolution, Intelligent Design, etc.

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February 22, 2006 Posted by | Random Thoughts | Leave a comment

Human Capital and Values

It is kind of funny — it must have been five years since I have talked much about Human Capital. Here is an article from ZDNet that is raising some questions —

I am not sure that I totally agree with the premise but I like the fact that this issue is rasied again. It is also important that the nature of human capital is not always just for those that are in an organization.

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February 22, 2006 Posted by | Random Thoughts | Leave a comment


If you look to the right — you will see this tagging application that I am trying out. It is Eurekster, and it is what the call a swicki.

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February 21, 2006 Posted by | Random Thoughts | Leave a comment

Testing Doc

Interesting Web 2.0 application. Writely , It allows you to create and edit documents online. It also allows you post to a blog….that is what I am testing here.

January 17, 2006 Posted by | Random Thoughts | Leave a comment