Those are the noises of a dormant, virtually abandoned engine being restarted. Once a prolific blogger, I gave it up six years ago. Since then, there were one or two well-intended if tepid efforts to return. This time will be different, and there is a lot to cover.
After a long pause, and a false start in December, MountainRunner is back. To get a logistical detail out of the way: if you subscribed to email updates from mountainrunner last month, last year, or last decade, you will need to re-subscribe as those subscribers will not (in fact, cannot) be migrated over to the new e-letter system. Subscribe here. Continue reading “Reboot”
I’ll be in Boston starting tomorrow for a few days to be on a panel at an interesting conference entitled “Neuroscience and Social Conflict“. In what is a working meeting, it is the kick-off event for a multi-year initiative by the Project on Justice in Times of Transition. It is a closed door event, so don’t expect live tweeting or a blog post from me.
- don’t read if in US: RT @VOA_News: Qatari Prime Minister Says ‘Mistakes’ Made During Arab League Syria Mission http://t.co/NZRLV847 09:29:10, 2012-01-05
- Counterterrorism Bureau est by @StateDept state.gov/g/ct NOTABLE: it is not under Public Diplomacy but Democracy/Global Affairs 09:27:50, 2012-01-05
- Remembering the purpose of Smith-Mundt and the role/purpose of public diplomacy http://t.co/lqHZD8uc 08:23:51, 2012-01-05
- A short history of @StateDept: embarrassment brings change http://t.co/63R6FH5K (change incl’d creating Office of Public Affairs) 08:20:23, 2012-01-05
- @Fantom_Planet Thanks… in reply to Fantom_Planet 08:19:23, 2012-01-05
- Public Diplomacy Commission compared how often/long PD leadership and comparable leadership spots are unfilled http://t.co/0YoJpNG9 15:54:30, 2012-01-03
- Exploring strategic narratives, the last Public Diplomacy Commission mtg: http://t.co/0jZIip9J, see CSCC/State video against Al Qaeda 15:48:55, 2012-01-03
- In the US? Don’t read @NatGeo on RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal, it could be a violation of Smith-Mundt http://t.co/9p62DLZ9 15:19:30, 2012-01-03
- CNN & CFR report on RFE/RL article http://t.co/c1ix6Pg4, access to RFE/RL content demonstrates folly of Smith-Mundt prohibition 12:10:42, 2012-01-03
- US Public Diplomacy Advisory Commission is no more by @comops http://t.co/gmjfk7af 11:50:39, 2012-01-03
- @laurenist Yup, a return to blogging while I work on resurrecting the Public Diplomacy Commission and finding a job… in reply to laurenist 11:50:27, 2012-01-03
- Missing! One [Public Diplomacy] Advisory Commission… http://t.co/6ZjIgkPp 11:48:49, 2012-01-03
- US PD Advisory Commission is no more by @comops http://t.co/gmjfk7af 11:44:55, 2012-01-03
- Strategic or Scary? Public Diplomacy Commission Cut http://t.co/A0By5DFf 11:29:12, 2012-01-03
- RT @davepeck: Social Media Statistics For Facebook, Twitter And LinkedIn [INFOGRAPHIC] http://t.co/419QuSSi 11:26:44, 2012-01-03
- New Belarus law: illegal for citizens & residents to access foreign websites http://t.co/b9AnDr6K via @librarycongress 11:25:20, 2012-01-03
- 2011 list of the “Best books on the Middle East” by @abuaardvark http://t.co/3Uuq1uOL 09:12:44, 2012-01-03
- The Commissar Vanishes: falsification of photos in Stalin’s Russia http://t.co/6xX3sqym 09:11:59, 2012-01-03
- RT @PHKushlis: US Public Diplomacy Advisory Commission Crashed: Another Nail in America’s Public Diplomacy Coffin http://t.co/FKojB9Wd 09:05:03, 2012-01-03
- interesting to comparison @Poynter: 2011 stories ranked by CNN readers, editors’ picks, most followed, and coverage: http://t.co/v9qldXUh 10:28:37, 2011-12-30
- MT @Reuters: U.S.-trained Chinese official behind activist’s jailing http://t.co/zM9XTzWy public diplomacy fail, but lots of other successes 10:22:04, 2011-12-30
- RT @NatGeo: Meet the world’s only military dogsled team: http://t.co/eEQC4Xkf (via @NatGeoMag) 10:19:50, 2011-12-30
- Looking forward to case studies of perceptions vs substance in the coming elections http://t.co/OuZxZ5Dd 10:17:28, 2011-12-30
Dear Readers, as you may have noticed, this blog has gotten a facelift. Over the next week you should see other improvements and a resumption in blogging. Stay tuned for more, including details on the hiatus. For the impatient, you can read my comments on Brian’s post at the Public Diplomacy Council.
Notes related to the change in the blog may be found here.
If you’d like to submit a guest post, review the guidelines and then email me.
For anyone who tried to comment on the blog this week, and I know of at least one person, the comment capability was temporarily disabled by this blog’s hosting service. On occasion, the steady flow of attacks from spammers and others cause the host to disable various scripts (usually but not always the comment script) that support this site to protect the server on which it runs. Several times a year, the attacks (again, mostly but not entirely, spam) amount to a denial of service.
The blog is now fully restored. Comment at will.
Phil Taylor, professor of International Communications at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom, passed away on 6 December 2010. Phil was a terrific and underappreciated researcher and thinker on the subject of influence and propaganda. A prolific writer on the subjects, he devoted tremendous time and energy into unveiling both historical and contemporary propaganda.
John Brown described Phil as “one of the greats in the study of the art of rhetoric.”
Phil will be missed.
- Phil’s website – full of interesting and useful material
- Announcement at University of Leeds
- John Brown’s note on Phil’s passing
Abbreviated list of books authored or co-edited by Phil:
- British Propaganda in the Twentieth Century
- Munitions of the Mind: A History of Propaganda, Third Edition
- Global Communications, International Affairs and the Media Since 1945
- War and the Media: Propaganda and Persuasion in the Gulf War
- Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy
- Shooting the Messenger: The Political Impact of War Reporting