Arment Dietrich

Mergers, Acquisitions: Spinning Questions About Who’s the Boss?

By: Arment Dietrich | May 23, 2007 | 
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There’s nothing like a deal – especially one that rescues companies seeking survival – to spark spin about executive leadership.  And nowhere is the posturing more apparent than among Detroit’s automakers. With unprecedented gas prices, showroom floors over-stocked with inventory, and enormous competitive threats from once-distant foreign rivals, the traditional “Big Three” are on a perpetual quest for respect from their shareholders, industry experts, and consumers. [&hellip... Read More
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Is It a Wonder Americans Don't Vote?

By: Arment Dietrich | May 21, 2007 | 
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Nowhere do we see more spin than in a political election.  From politicians blatantly changing positions on controversial issues to pollsters manipulating surveys, it can seem as though the entire political process is designed to mislead the public. This is the very worst use of spin.  At no other time is it more important to know the facts – and I don’t mean the vague jumble [&hellip... Read More
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Are Journalists Spin Meisters?

By: Arment Dietrich | May 20, 2007 | 
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Spin is often seen as a dirty word in PR but it’s now making appearances in all different types of media. As a college journalism student, I’ve learned that spin isn’t just for PR professionals; spin is supposed to be a reporter’s best friend.  Yes, a lot of my classes are designed to teach writing styles and strengthen your abilities as a reporter but it’s really [&hellip... Read More
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Stick to Your Guns

By: Arment Dietrich | May 18, 2007 | 
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As the race for the presidential election continues, the second Republican debates heated up as politicians weighed in on important issues facing the nation and questioning each other’s allegiance to conservatism.  The debate was filled with discussion on controversial issues such as abortion, Iraq, and taxes.  The discussions were filled with contentiousness and repeated scrutiny about core values.  This debate was intended as an opportunity for [&hellip... Read More
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Spin in Sports?

By: Arment Dietrich | May 16, 2007 | 
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Being the avid sports spectator that I am, I turn my focus to the NBA playoffs, especially the series involving the Cleveland Cavaliers.  I started to notice something that TNT does during its broadcast.  And so far it has not failed.  The situation goes as follows: The ref makes a horrible call, and instead of showing a replay of the incident, TNT has their commentators move [&hellip... Read More
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Buying the Pharm

By: Arment Dietrich | May 15, 2007 | 
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Here’s the $643 million question.  How could the makers of painkiller OxyContin downplay the addictive qualities of the drug, which produces a high similar to heroin, and was responsible for at least 146 deaths in 2002? Their answer? “We promoted the medicine only to health-care professionals, not to consumers.” That seems like a less than sincere apology for a company that was just found liable for [&hellip... Read More
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Every action has an equal and opposite reaction

By: Arment Dietrich | May 13, 2007 | 
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Here at F.A.D.S. we love MySpace.  For opening doors, building networks, and for all the drama it brings us.  Companies have been known to fire employees due to graphic photos on the social networking site, people have been denied jobs for poor information posted, and now students are actually losing their degrees? Stacy Snyder of Millersville University in Pennsylvania was denied her teaching degree just one [&hellip... Read More
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Is the New French President Being Fair?

By: Arment Dietrich | May 9, 2007 | 
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Nicolas Sarkozy, the new president of France, was just elected and protesters have once again taken to the streets of Paris.  Thought of as a very conservative and pro-American candidate, many Frenchmen have turned to their heritage to remind themselves of their past struggles and to remind those who voted for Sarkozy of the principles their democracy was built upon.  The results of the elections have [&hellip... Read More
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Vote for the Fight Against Destructive Spin

By: Arment Dietrich | May 7, 2007 | 
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It’s not often we get off our soap box to bring you something new.  But here it is!  Someone, we don’t know who, has nominated FADS for a Blogger’s Choice Award.  Not only were we nominted for the Best Business Blog, but also for the Best Marketing Blog.  Come on!  We’re up there with Seth Godin?!?                        So rather than us talk about how much spin [&hellip... Read More
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Second Life: Real or Fake News?

By: Arment Dietrich | May 6, 2007 | 
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Even though Second Life has been around since late 2003, it now tastes its first life of stardom with the emergence of companies buying locations and building virtual replicas of their buildings.  Sky News, a British news channel, is building a replica of the Sky News Centre making them the first television news channel to make residency in the Internet world.  Members of Second Life will [&hellip... Read More