The expression “Death by PowerPoint” generates about (sic) 4,220,000 results via Google, with myriad links to horrible examples of PowerPoint presentations and surveys that rehearse the damage PowerPoint can cause to thinking minds. “PowerPoint Poisoning” gives nearly 1,000,000 Google results, not bad for a contrived phrase. Who knows, maybe PowerPoint Death Spiral to Mediocrity will now surge up the Google ratings charts.Read More
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America may have skirted the fiscal cliff, but don’t unfasten your seatbelts just yet. Looming ahead is the energy cliff, another avoidable crisis brought on by our own ignorance, complacency and lack of leadership.
That was the grim warning conveyed yesterday afternoon by veteran energy executive John Hofmeister at a meeting of the Houston chapter of the American Petroleum Institute. Mr. Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil Company, currently heads a public advocacy group called Citizens for Affordable Energy, devoted to educating the American people and our leaders on the need for responsible energy policies.Read More »
Tom Brokaw is worried that Washington is out of touch. People feel politics “is a closed game that doesn’t address what their real concerns are,” he told Howard Kurtz of the Daily Beast. “It has its own language, it has its own culture.”
Right thought, wrong target. The elder statesman of broadcasting was referring to the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner held on April 28. A more telling and troubling example of this disconnect occurred earlier that week, when author Wendell E. Berry gave the 41st annual Jefferson Lecture for the Humanities.Read More »
Asked at a public forum November 3 what resource he would be least willing to part with, planner and Deputy Assistant Secretary Bruce Wharton said without hesitation, “personnel.”
Imagine, in an age of bells and whistles, a value placed on humans and their capacities. Blogster John Brown spoke July 24, 2010, of “The Newest Killer App for Public Diplomacy” – colorless, odorless, environmentally friendly, accessible to all, more effective than social media, and “TOTALLY FREE: face-to-face conversation!”Read More »
Not long ago, conventional wisdom held that U.S. natural gas production had peaked and would decline. But then came a new technique for hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” Overnight, the enormous gas shale deposits of Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Pennsylvania were open to development.Read More »
What has the digital age done to speechwriting? There are few people in our profession better qualified to answer that question than Clark Judge, managing director of the Washington-based White House Writers Group.
At a November 2 luncheon meeting of the Houston Speechwriters Roundtable, organized by BP speechwriter John Barnes, Mr. Judge spoke eloquently and informatively about using the power of the Internet to maximize the impact of a speech.Read More »
How did it come to pass that the GOP is in danger of becoming, in the memorable words of Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, “the anti-science party”?
Huntsman, the former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China, is the lone GOP candidate who hasn’t hedged on his embrace of science. “I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy,” Huntsman recently tweeted.Read More »
You could be interested to know what a death threat sounds like in a poor country. One of the conventions is the recorded sound of machine gun fire over a cell phone. Clarity and branding are everything.
I was in Yaoundé for a month. At 10:20 the phone went off, and I took the call. A very angry man spoke.Read More »