Arment Dietrich

Using YouTube for Spin

By: Arment Dietrich | October 8, 2007 | 
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I find myself at a dilemma dealing with my post today.  On one hand I have my complete and utter disliking of police officers.  On the other, my detestation of dumb asses.  I am talking of the University of Floriduh student Andrew Meyer incident in which he gets Tased for his antics at a John Kerry forum.  The videotape of him “disturbing the peace” can be [&hellip
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And You thought Pay Day Loans Were Bad

By: Arment Dietrich | October 5, 2007 | 
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Worse than media spin, is perhaps when companies rely on spin to prey on unsuspecting people. A prime example of this spin is evident when looking at the current crisis in the subprime loan industry. To give some background, several years ago when interest rates were at all time lows, lenders enticed people to take on lines of credit for homes, cars, and credit cards, playing [&hellip
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Shame On You!

By: Arment Dietrich | October 4, 2007 | 
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I am so sick of celebrities and their publicists exposing themselves for a little salacious publicity. The Paris debacle and those following her have been overshadowed by another newcomer, Vanessa Hudgens, 18, who just so happens to be the star of The Walt Disney Company’s hugely lucrative High School Musical franchise. Vanessa’s nude pictures were distributed all over the Internet last week, causing Disney and her [&hellip
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Going Somewhere?

By: Arment Dietrich | October 3, 2007 | 
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I wait for three to four El trains to pass before I am able to squeeze my way onto one of the over-crammed, slow-moving cars just to get home.  I often have the debate, with those who don’t frequent our public transportation system, if Chicago traffic on the highways is less stressful, and more quick-moving, than riding to-or-from the city on the El.  It is definitely [&hellip
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Current TV: Ruling Our Nation?

By: Arment Dietrich | October 1, 2007 | 
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OK, so I know enough is enough, but I must talk about Current TV.  After almost ruling our nation, and inventing the internet, he is now tackling another huge medium, television.  After visiting the Web site to see what the hype was all about, (because right now whatever Gore says becomes hype), it seems pretty neat.  He is taking social media to the next level
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Giving the Election a Makeover

By: Arment Dietrich | September 28, 2007 | 
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While catching up on the news this morning, I came across an article in Slate on political markets. A futures market has sprung up around presidential elections. This got me thinking – maybe the U.S. electoral process needs a makeover. We need to jazz it up a bit. Voting is boring. Who gets a thrill from standing in line and marking little circles with a pencil? [&hellip
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Rom CROC OF SPIN?

By: Arment Dietrich | September 27, 2007 | 
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Recently, a myriad of articles have appeared attacking Crocs, the colorful Swiss cheese footwear of the squishy variety. Crocs, which swept onto the feet of many in America and into the minds of many a Wall Street investor, have had a remarkable rise to prominence in a short amount of time. Indeed, the media picked up on and in many ways fueled the popularity. Then, Crocs [&hellip
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Ranting and Raving: Oklahoma State Coach Takes Spin Into His Own Hands

By: Arment Dietrich | September 26, 2007 | 
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Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy has captured headlines in the past two days for his more than passionate comments in regards to Jenni Carlson’s column in The Oklahoman.   Essentially, Carlson let loose on Cowboy’s quarterback Bobby Reid alluding to him acting like a baby and playing scared. By nature, newspaper columns call for opinion — but Carlson might want to take a trip back to [&hellip
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Is Fidel Castro Dead?

By: Arment Dietrich | September 25, 2007 | 
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If spin hadn’t infiltrated mainstream media to the level we see today, I wouldn’t be asking this question. I wouldn’t even think twice about Perez Hilton’s insistent claims that Fidel Castro is dead, and we didn’t hear about in real time, because officials wanted to wait until after Miami rush hour. WHAT?!? Did I just type that? Yes, and so was the rest of the world. [&hellip
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Doomsday Spin Delays Improvement

By: Arment Dietrich | September 24, 2007 | 
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As a college debater examining the infrastructure of America’s roads, bridges, and railways our arguments often were countered by compelling facts and pigeon poop.  Yes, thirty years ago we quoted experts who knew the day would come when there would be so much pigeon poop accumulating on massive bridges and roadways that they would deteriorate and collapse.  The early investigation as to the cause of the [&hellip
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