Random stuff

All too often the message put forward by various activists is blunted by its generality.

One example would be the public announcements by the Greens regarding power generation. They hate the nuclear technology because of Chernobyl and Fukushima. The do not like the carbon footprint and environmental cost of coal-fired power generation. Hydro is bad because dams interfere with the breeding habits of eels. Natural gas is not the solution either because, eeerrr –  can someone please remind me why that is? In any case, the sheer number of targets in the power generation game leads to a legitimate question “how the hell are we supposed to keep the lights on when the Sun has set and there is no wind to turn the turbines?”. This dilutes the Greens message and undermines their effort to reverse the direction of progress.

But there are also examples of the focused PR strategies which are more likely to succeed than the scatter-gun approach of the Greens. The trick is to keep the target well defined and propose a solution which is easy to understand and relate to. This is exactly what the Islamist demonstrators did in Dhaka:


Chanting “Allahu Akbar!” (“God is greatest!”) and “One point! One demand! Atheists must be hanged”, the activists marched down at least six main roads as they headed for Motijheel

This event made the news because the message was concise and the advocated solution succinct. Great effort and way to go, Islamists of the World!

On a different note there has been a bit of a fuss about the New Zealand mag Woman’s Day publishing some secretly taken photos of the TV personality Alison Mau smooching her partner Karleen Edmonds at a concert.


Mau tweeted to the editor of the magazine, Sido Kitchin “@WomansDayNZ hope you’re feeling really creepy right now Sido – you should be” (…) Edmonds also tweeted about the images, saying “I don’t work for TVNZ so I can say what I like. @womansdaynz you are a bunch of fuckwits.”

While I detest the paparazzi they are part of the media circus and the willing participants must be prepared for this sort of filth. A bit precious of Alison to jump up and down over a few pics published in a local rag, I would have thought. And some bad manners from Karleen!

Interestingly, this scoop would probably not have been published before the New Zealand Parliament passed the Gay Marriage Bill into law two weeks ago. Putting it into print would have left Woman’s Day open to the allegations of homophobia and the photos would have gone to the bin. But as things are now all couples, straight or gay, have the same legal standing and so are fair game for the paparazzi. Is this a case of “be careful what you wish for”?


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