Arment Dietrich

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
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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
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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
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Oi! Spin Sucks!

By: Arment Dietrich | May 3, 2007 | 
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Former Prime Minister John Major writes in the Times of London a lamentation of the Labour party, whose figurehead, Tony Blair, is conceding leadership this summer.  It’s been a decade since Blair took the helm, and Major, from the Conservative party, is calling shenanigans. Major decries the empty sloganeering of Labour (bold is mine): Elsewhere, as the Home Office staggers from blunder to blunder, “tough on [&hellip
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British Airways Caught in Spin?

By: Arment Dietrich | May 1, 2007 | 
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Question: In an airplane, if someone passes away, what is a flight crew to do? Answer (courtesy of British Airways): Strap the deceased passenger into a seat in a less congested area of the plane until the flight ends. Last month a British Airways flight crew encountered a difficult situation: A woman passed away just after take-off.  Since flights are rarely diverted in instances such as [&hellip
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College credit for social networking?

By: Arment Dietrich | April 30, 2007 | 
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Social media is here to stay.  But surprisingly, some professionals refuse to change their paradigm and still find it hard to see the truth in blogs, and frown upon personal networking sites.  As these sites keep emerging, making more and more competition, we are finding that soon this group of individuals will be left in the dust. Social media is no longer just a trend for [&hellip
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Shameful PR

By: Arment Dietrich | April 22, 2007 | 
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I’m going to piggyback on the Bad Pitch Blog, which blasted a company called USNetCom this week.  The company used the tragedy at Virginia Tech to promote a product that assists in quickly dispersing information to people via cell phones and land lines.  I won’t go too much into it because I don’t want to give their spin any more credit than what’s already been mentioned. [&hellip
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Guilty Until Proven Innocent?

By: Arment Dietrich | April 15, 2007 | 
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Prosecutorial misconduct happens across the country all the time and it’s not covered by the media because most of the victims are poor or minorities? Is he implying that, because these kids went to Duke, the media paid attention? I guess we should only feel sorry for those wrongly accused if they’re poor or minorities. Not those who are smart enough to go to a really good university and whose lives are ruined when they are accused of a crime they did not commit
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The Façade of Talking Points: New Orleans

By: Arment Dietrich | April 11, 2007 | 
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Fading from the news these days is coverage of New Orleans’ struggle to rebuild.  We heard lots of rhetoric following Hurricane Katrina about how the city would once again reclaim its spot as one of America’s great cities.  Yet it was conspicuously absent from President Bush’s State of the Union address in January.  It has been usurped in the news by fluff and bickering. New Orleans [&hellip
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Can Mexico City Spin Itself Into Profits?

By: Arment Dietrich | April 10, 2007 | 
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Stuck in between two congested roadways, the newly created inner city beach in downtown Mexico City is a man-made tourist destination and the first of four to be developed. Complete with sand, palm trees, beach volleyball, and plenty of bikini-clad visitors, the site is drawing tremendous criticism regarding the spending priorities of the city’s mayor. The project, built on a sports field and surrounding by traffic [&hellip
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