Arment Dietrich

Spinonomics

By: Arment Dietrich | July 29, 2007 | 
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What do you get when investors base their stock choices on spin? Spinonomics. It seems like every time I turn around, the stock market is plummeting or soaring based on the comments of a few powerful analysts and investors. I get it. They’re smarter than me; I never even took economics. But it seems analysts have replaced their econ training with doctorates in spin. Thursday marked [&hellip
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Let’s Go Green

By: Arment Dietrich | July 26, 2007 | 
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I am all for going green.  I love our planet earth, and I like doing little things that make me feel a part of something bigger.  But, if it was 104 degrees outside and I had to go to work for a full nine hour day, I don’t think I would be all for the air conditioning being turned down. Shanghai workers were told that on [&hellip
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The Secret to making an obscene amount of money is spinning an unlikely and misleading story

By: Arment Dietrich | July 25, 2007 | 
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Want to get rich quick?  Want to stay healthy and find true love?  Want to lose those love handles?  Well quit thinking fat thoughts, doughboy, and think positive!  It’s all right in front of you…so says the author of “The Secret,” the Oprah-endorsed best seller that claims to hold the secret to success in its faux-dog eared pages. But despite its impressive sales, the book seems [&hellip
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Say It Ain’t So: When Professional Athletes Cross the Line and Aren’t Wanted Back

By: Arment Dietrich | July 25, 2007 | 
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We’ve heard it all, the dog days of summer, who let the dogs out? even dead-meat, but on September 9, 2007, opening day for the Atlanta Falcons against the Minnesota Vikings, can the American public stomach watching Michael Vick race onto the field?  Professional athletes, even celebrities, can push the limits further than the average citizen, however, when is it too far?  In a public relation’s [&hellip
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Doing Everything We Can: How the Phone Company Spins Their Messaging

By: Arment Dietrich | July 21, 2007 | 
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Something has gone terribly wrong.  And no one is to blame.  Everyone is doing everything they can.  But their hands are tied.  Welcome to my world. These are among the platitudes, excuses, customer-service-speak apologies, and ramblings that have filled our emails and ears this past week, as our office phone lines have not worked since July 14.  Some would call this entire telephonic finger pointing “spin” [&hellip
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Spinning the Effects of Spin

By: Arment Dietrich | July 20, 2007 | 
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I was so astounded by a blog post I read this morning that I don’t even know how to introduce it. Trust me, it’s not often that I’m at a loss for words. I’m always looking for news on spin in the media and then I ran across a blog post titled “Getting Comfortable With Spin”. The blog is Nonprofit Communications and provides advice on nonprofit [&hellip
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Spin: Blogging Under a Pseudonym?

By: Arment Dietrich | July 18, 2007 | 
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If you’re really looking for the definition of spin, let me introduce you to Rahodeb, the pseudonym of Whole Foods chief executive John Mackey. Mackey posted messages under the Rahodeb username on Yahoo chat forums for years before being revealed in a sealed court document that was filed last month by the Federal Trade Commission and became public Wednesday evening, as reported by the New York [&hellip
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Citizen Journalism

By: Arment Dietrich | July 17, 2007 | 
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When I was in journalism school, I came across a thread of emails on an alumni listerv debating the ethics of doctoring photos in PhotoShop prior to publication.  Most considered it as unethical as doctoring quotes.  Unless, of course, we are talking about trashy celeb magazines; then the rules appeared to be a little more bendable. Another parallel is emerging with social media. While blogs give [&hellip
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Michael Chertoff: Spin for Scare Tactic?

By: Arment Dietrich | July 15, 2007 | 
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Hats Off to Chertoff Oh Michael Chertoff, you astound me.  Why would you put out a message to scare the American people?  And from all sources, you choose your “gut feeling?”  Really?  You are Homeland Security Secretary, and you tell us that we are going to be attacked within the summer months?!  Based on what evidence?  In his ramblings to the Chicago Tribune editorial board, the [&hellip
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Six Percent

By: Arment Dietrich | July 11, 2007 | 
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It is not revolutionary to say fundraising plays a huge role in politics today. In fact, it plays such a large role that the media surrounding fundraising results can determine a candidate’s fate before they ever have a chance to use the money they raised. Already, in the second quarter of 2007, more than six months before any election or caucus will be held, national media [&hellip
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