Tag Archives: media

The Shame Machine: How Twitter muddies leadership effectiveness and engages followers in a shaming social media culture

Twitter has become a political force, used and misused to judge, shame and spread confusion. Jon Ronson’s Ted Talk on public shaming shows how Twitter has become a bandwagon for shaming and unquestioning mis/interpretation and instant comments. Ronson tracks a bad twitter joke gone viral as it destroyed one woman’s life. “Like toddlers crawling towards […]

The Lost Media “Cult” of David Petraeus, or The Emperor’s New Clothes Syndrome

Danger Room senior reporter Spencer Ackerman wrote a fascinating article about his complicity in the media hype that made General David Petraeus a hero. Without that carefully constructed pedestal, Petraeus might not have risen so high, or fallen because of a personal moral lapse. Through this lens, it’s possible that Petraeus fall came from an […]

Mandela Coverage: The Banality of Goodness

Originally posted on pundit from another planet:
FW de Klerk Nelson Mandela, right, in May 1990 in Cape Town. ‘The Nobel peace prize was rightly shared between Mandela and De Klerk, a sharing ignored by almost all the obituaries. There were two good men in Cape Town in 1990.’ Photograph: Denis Farrell/AP Simon Jenkins writes:  Enough…

Michelle Bachman’s Legacy: Conservative Leadership as Super-Spin

Representative Michelle Bachman announced yesterday that she will not seek re-election next year. Her time in office did not fulfill her many promises, her fundraising machine is faltering, and she is under investigation for campaign finance inconsistencies in her failed run for US President. The resulting editorial critique marks her withdrawal as a retreat, offering […]

NBC Makes “Nice:” Why Such Weak Leadership?

Yesterday I had dinner with a friend, who showed me the video of the missing dance from the Olympic Opening Ceremony. Choreographer Akram Khan’s powerful tribute to the victims of the 7/7/2005 terrorist attack in London was replaced by an interview with Michael Phelps — and not a particularly interesting one, either. I could find no […]