The Pitiful Tale of Bret Stephens, the Two-Line Tweet and Becoming This Week’s Media Bug-aboo

Silly nuggets like this week’s story about New York Times columnist Bret Stephens probably don’t deserve a blog. But I’m going to give some attention to what we can cheerfully call, “the bedbug incident,” as a cautionary tale for anyone who ends up as the butt of a public joke. It’s amazing that we still … Continue reading The Pitiful Tale of Bret Stephens, the Two-Line Tweet and Becoming This Week’s Media Bug-aboo

Cory Booker, There’s Colloquialism and There’s the Presidential Debate

So, Democratic Presidential candidate and current New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is all over the news this week for his use of a popular colloquialism referencing Kool-Aid – sigh – during the second night of CNN’s Democratic primary debate. It was funny, and he handled the ridicule in the aftermath well. But man. Talk about cringe … Continue reading Cory Booker, There’s Colloquialism and There’s the Presidential Debate

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Code Switched – It’s Not the End of the World

So, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) got some heat – shocker – for allegedly using a southern, “Black”-tinged drawl while speaking at Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network event last week. Atlantic Editor John McWhorter wrote an interesting piece defending AOC, saying that she slipped into a pattern of speech that is likely entirely natural given her upbringing in close … Continue reading Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Code Switched – It’s Not the End of the World

When Communicating Tough or Divisive Topics, Employ a Little Finesse

For weeks I’ve been trying to figure out a theme with which to resurrect my YouTube channel. I’ve literally been gone since November – the last time I posted a video – and it’s ridiculous. I’m in the content creation business, and video is huge. I’m seriously missing the boat. It’s likely I’m overthinking the … Continue reading When Communicating Tough or Divisive Topics, Employ a Little Finesse