Arment Dietrich

Go Green

By: Arment Dietrich | March 21, 2007 | 
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Tweet Share Share +1 Pin EmailTotal Shares 0The media is taking a good cause, and spinning it for their own agenda.  Ladies and gentlemen, I give you “going green” and how the media can turn a civic duty into creating a miracle. The final Harry Potter book has gone green, woowoo!  That might be the best thing about the book due to the fact that it [&hellip... Read More
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Howard Stern: The Voice of Reason?

By: Arment Dietrich | March 20, 2007 | 
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Tweet Share Share +1 Pin EmailTotal Shares 0The American Idol phenomenon swept the nation when it first began.  Americans seemed to be consumed with it, jumping at the chance to vote and be a major part of the decision of who would be the next American Idol.  As the years have gone on, people’s interest in the show are shifting.  Talent was the focal point of [&hellip... Read More
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All the news that's fit to fake

By: Arment Dietrich | March 19, 2007 | 
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Tweet Share Share +1 Pin EmailTotal Shares 0Fake news.  It’s a source of entertainment for millions.  Outlets like the Onion, Weekend Update on SNL, The Daily Show and the Colbert Report satisfy a satirical jones for folks looking for funny.  Fake news, as the Columbia Journalism Review points out, has been around forever, from muckrakers like William Randolph Hearst, tall tales and even mythology.  Tabloid headlines, [&hellip... Read More
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Bracketeering

By: Arment Dietrich | March 16, 2007 | 
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Tweet Share Share +1 Pin EmailTotal Shares 0I love the month of March.  Not just for the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.  And not just for the promise of and beginning of spring.  I love the month of March for the social networking opportunities it provides! March Madness is a time to connect for more people than just basketball fanatics.  These few weeks of college games [&hellip... Read More
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When Blogging Goes Wrong

By: Arment Dietrich | March 15, 2007 | 
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Tweet Share Share +1 Pin EmailTotal Shares 0It was recently brought to our attention that there is a fair amount of backlash in the video gaming community regarding attempts by Sony to create fan sites for consoles and games, including its PSP when it was first introduced. A Web site based in the United Kingdom, devoted to keeping the gaming industry honest, calls attention to marketers [&hellip... Read More
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This is how we pull our foot out of our mouths: This is how we shove the other one in

By: Arment Dietrich | March 14, 2007 | 
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Tweet Share Share +1 Pin EmailTotal Shares 0Cheers to Isaiah Washington and Tim Hardaway.  I feel as if these past couple months, your lives were like a 1990s sitcom filled with the mistakes you made.  A few sad songs while you deal with the consequences, the turning point, “Oh my gosh, I learned an important life lesson,” and of course the uplifting piano ensemble as you [&hellip... Read More
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The Not So Simple Life: Jail

By: Arment Dietrich | March 13, 2007 | 
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Tweet Share Share +1 Pin EmailTotal Shares 0Lately, the news has been filled with celebrity “news”, packed with fascinating stories about celebrity partying, shopping and mishaps.  Celebrity run-ins with the law are splashing across news pages with many repeat offenders.  Celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie are no exception to this.  They have been making headlines recently with their notorious driving.  As both celebrities [&hellip... Read More
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Free Hugs!

By: Arment Dietrich | March 12, 2007 | 
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Tweet Share Share +1 Pin EmailTotal Shares 0Giving out free hugs can land you a spot on Oprah? Not necessarily, but she is a big fan of this international phenomenon.  In Friday’s Chicago Tribune there was an article about people getting together, standing on sidewalks, and holding signs that read, “FREE HUGS”. ... Read More
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Discovering Jesus: Media Sensationalism?

By: Arment Dietrich | March 9, 2007 | 
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Tweet Share Share +1 Pin EmailTotal Shares 0“The Lost Tomb of Christ,” airing on The Discovery Channel this week, claimed bones found in 1980 may have been those of Jesus and his family. One of the caskets even bears an inscription, “Judah, son of Jesus,” further suggesting that Jesus may have had a son, a theory that contradicts Christian belief that Jesus was resurrected and ascended [&hellip... Read More
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Destructive Spin: Scooter’s Tale

By: Arment Dietrich | March 7, 2007 | 
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Tweet Share Share +1 Pin EmailTotal Shares 0A lot of the spin we talk about here at F.A.D.S. deals with corporate deceit and unethical practices by fellow PR folks.  Whether it’s misleading blogs or manipulating Wikis, destructive spin is there.  Sometimes we applaud folks for being straightforward and not falling into the spin zone.   And sometimes we recognize spin that is so egregious, you wonder [&hellip... Read More