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Oops I Did It Again

By: Arment Dietrich | October 15, 2007 | 
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Wal-Mart can’t spin its way out of this one – workers in Pennsylvania just won a second suit against the company for working off the clock. When reports of forced unpaid overtime first surfaced, the megastore denied workers’ claims. But now, rather than trying to duck their heads, Wal-Mart has said that a few extra minutes of extra work here and there is insignificant, according to [&hellip
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Vote for the Fight Against Destructive Spin!

By: Arment Dietrich | October 10, 2007 | 
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Celebrity Spin, Sensationalism Destroying Media Judgment, Numbing Real News

By: Arment Dietrich | October 9, 2007 | 
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Here we go again! O.J. Simpson, the man who went from “Trying Harder” for Avis to transfixing a nation as his Ford Bronco raced the California freeways, is at it again.  And just as we’ve come to expect, his recent Las Vegas arrest captivates headlines that reach far beyond the tabloids.  Do we really care? When Anna Nicole Smith died, the media could not stop themselves.  [&hellip
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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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