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    Sharing links with mri.to

    You’ve used bit.ly, nyt.ms, fb.me, huff.to and probably a whole slew of other URL shortners. Now, there’s one more: mri.to. MRI.to is MountainRunner & the MountainRunner Institute’s own shortener service. Friends of MountainRunner and the MountainRunner Institute are welcome to use the shortner. Just email me and I’ll provide the API key. A URL shortner reduces URLs into a much shorter set of character so they can be easily shared, tweeted or emailed to friends. For example, the URL for my article on the BBG at Layalina is http://www.layalina.tv/Publications/Perspectives/MattArmstrongSeptember.html. Using mri.to, it becomes more friendly to Twitter, Facebook and even email: http://mri.to/cBr3o4. Go on, email me and start to use…

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    Moscow

    Next week is the “Sixth International Scientific Conference on Security and Counter Terrorism Issues” at Lomonosov Moscow State University, November 11-12. My presentation on Thursday is titled “Now Media: a New Democracy of Influence.” Needless to say, I will have limited access to email and will not be posting to the blog during this trip.

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    Summer Vacation

    Posting on MountainRunner will be a bit slow… slower than usual as I’m in Hawaii on vacation. Although, there will be bouts of work here and there, like today’s posting of many items of interest/import before returning to play with the kids, work on my tan or running some select trails in the neighborhood before returning to London in two weeks for the European IO conference.  

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    Expanding the MountainRunner Team: Renee Lee

    MountainRunner.us is growing: today begins a new era as this blog will have its first regular contributor: Renee Lee.  Renee will post on material – online and offline – we believe is important enough to be considered by the individual or organization interested in public diplomacy, strategic communication (or “signaling integration”), and global engagement. Renee’s official title is communication operations officer, which is a fancy way of saying she’s helping me with engagement across all mediums both here at the blog and at the MountainRunner Institute.  Renee Lee is a graduate student in the Master of Public Diplomacy program at the University of Southern California. Renee spent six years in…

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    Upcoming travel

    I will be in DC next week to conduct the Information as Power seminar (there is still space to enroll), present at the open meeting of the US Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy (see link for information on attending), speak with a class at National Defense University, and for several other meetings. I’ll be back in Los Angeles in time to teach my public diplomacy class at the University of Southern California (syllabus, 189kb PDF). As such, blogging will be slim over the next week. As always, guest posts are welcome. I’m particularly interested in commentary on the QDR, the latest DSB report (seriously?), and the potential impact the recent…

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    Breaking the silence

    It’s been quiet here on the blog for several reasons, including a Christmas holiday. Of course, the news hasn’t stopped but I am focusing on clearing a few writing assignments off the desk that will be published elsewhere (I will post links to them when they come out). Among the items on the plate: a recent Congressional Research Service report on public diplomacy (18 December 2009) and required comments on this week’s Walter Pincus article on strategic communication.  Stay tuned. I hope you’re enjoying the downtime / quiet time.

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    Global Information Environment

    MountainRunner may not have a daily readership of thousands but it does reach a unique and critical audience. For every comment on the blog there are 3-5 offline (email) comments. This audience includes the media, such as Al Kamen and Spencer Ackerman, authors, such as Bing West (The Strongest Tribe and Tom Barnett (Great Powers), the Departments of State and Defense, and Congress (more citations are at the About page). This blog also has a global audience. The image below shows some of the visitors to the blog during November 2009. Here ends the self-promotion minute…

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    On the road

    I’ve been in DC since Sunday and haven’t had the time (or energy) to blog. I may write something tonight or tomorrow on the plane home, but more than likely not until Monday afternoon (Los Angeles time). A symposium and a conference bookend the trip, with my teaching seminar and (off the record) meetings fill the between time.  By the way, if you think my seminar on understanding and engaging in the “now media” environment is interesting, then you’ll probably find this of interest as well. If you are new to the blog, I suggest you explore not just what’s on the front page (including the “pinned” items at the…

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    Blogging will resume, not right now but soon + other comments

    The silence on the blog has been unintentionally long. I had planned to post this week while at a conference/workshop this week, but it just didn’t happen. Today’s an abbreviated day for me so I am focusing on correspondence not done while on the plane home. Blogging will resume over the weekend (likely) and return in force next week. What’s coming: Posting one of two documents mentioned in the “What is Propaganda?“, a post that itself generated quite a conversation. Dennis Murphy took some of the steam out of the document posting when he quoted it, so I waited for the second document to surface but so far it hasn’t.…