Monthly Archives: August 2012

Is this racism?

There’s a video on YouTube done by President Obama on the theme of “African Americans for Obama,” in which he is appealing to the African American community for their votes. Here is the link:

Of course, there will never be a “White Americans for Romney” video. Should there be a “African Americans for Romney” video? Certainly, there are a lot of people of color who support Romney. Two prominent ones spoke at the Republican convention last night, including one who’s a mayor and another who was a Democrat and supported Obama in 2008. But you probably don’t know that, because the mainstream media cut away to commercials and other content while they were in the spotlight.

What do you think?


9 Reasons to Quit Social Media Now

Social media blogger Eric Sass has posted an item worth reading at: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/180465/9-reasons-to-quit-social-media-now.html?edition=49844

And I would urge you to read the comments, because I think they reveal more about human nature than the article does. What do you think?


“Mad Men” part 2

Part 2 of the “Mad Men” interview is now available at: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/08/08/mad-men-matthew-weiner-and-christina-hendricks-dissect-5-scenes-from-the-other-woman.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=cheatsheet_afternoon&cid=newsletter%3Bemail%3Bcheatsheet_afternoon&utm_term=Cheat%20Sheet

It includes several clips from the episode, and I would have to say the writers and actors did quite a remarkable job. It’s all morally reprehensible, of course, but John Maynard Keynes pointed out in his work on economics that the presumed rules of the game can be thwarted by what he called “animal spirits.” And those spirits are on display here.


The psychology of the “Mad Men” TV show

Here is a link to part 1 of what will be a two-part article from the Daily Beast about the Emmy-nominated episode this past season where one of the principle female leads agrees to sleep with a representative of a potential major client for the ad agency. If she does, she gets to be a partner. The interview about the episode is a fascinating character study that I would say shows exceptional subtlety in terms of insight into human nature. It’s well worth a read.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/08/07/mad-men-matthew-weiner-christina-hendricks-on-the-other-woman-part-1.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=cheatsheet_afternoon&cid=newsletter%3Bemail%3Bcheatsheet_afternoon&utm_term=Cheat%20Sheet


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