Strategic Communication and Public Diplomacy “Quotables” and “Seen on the Web” (#51)

January 31, 2017
Quotable 538-540 & Seen on the Web 1092-1165, compiled by Donald Bishop, Bren Chair of Strategic Communications, Marine Corps University.

This newsletter provides a compilation of news, articles, essays, and reports of interest to practitioners and scholars of strategic communications, Public Diplomacy, public affairs, U.S. government international broadcasting, and information operations.  “Quotables” are gists of articles and reports available on the website of the Public Diplomacy Council.  “Seen on the Web” entries provide key quotes and links. They:

  • bring to busy overseas practitioners some of the academic and policy ferment in Public Diplomacy and related fields.
  • from long speeches, testimonies, and articles, flag the portions that bear on Public Diplomacy.
  • provide a window on armed forces thinking on the fields that neighbor Public Diplomacy–military public affairs, strategic communication, information operations, inform-influence-engage, and cultural learning, for instance.
  • introduce the long history of Public Diplomacy by citing some of the older books, articles, reports, and documents that are not available on the internet.  These are labeled “Classic Quotables.”

Download Don Bishop’s Quotables No 51.

Inaccuracies of Christian Science Monitor’s Moscow Correspondent

The American public has been losing confidence in the media for some time. A causal factor may be the now-decades-old reversion of the news as a profit center, and away from the “public good” that it had been for most of the 20th Century. Another factor surely is the democratization of information gathering as the former gatekeepers, whether a newspaper or wire service or TV network, were displaced by the “friends and family” plan of acquiring, sharing, and commenting on news events. Continue reading “Inaccuracies of Christian Science Monitor’s Moscow Correspondent”

Strategic Communication and Public Diplomacy “Quotables” and “Seen on the Web” (#50)

January 24, 2017
Quotable 533-537, Seen on the Web 963-1091, compiled by Donald Bishop, Bren Chair of Strategic Communications, Marine Corps University.

This newsletter provides a compilation of news, articles, essays, and reports of interest to practitioners and scholars of strategic communications, Public Diplomacy, public affairs, U.S. government international broadcasting, and information operations.  “Quotables” are gists of articles and reports available on the website of the Public Diplomacy Council.  “Seen on the Web” entries provide key quotes and links. They:

  • bring to busy overseas practitioners some of the academic and policy ferment in Public Diplomacy and related fields.
  • from long speeches, testimonies, and articles, flag the portions that bear on Public Diplomacy.
  • provide a window on armed forces thinking on the fields that neighbor Public Diplomacy–military public affairs, strategic communication, information operations, inform-influence-engage, and cultural learning, for instance.
  • introduce the long history of Public Diplomacy by citing some of the older books, articles, reports, and documents that are not available on the internet.  These are labeled “Classic Quotables.”

Download Don Bishop’s Quotables No 50.

Strategic Communication and Public Diplomacy “Quotables” and “Seen on the Web” (#49)

Quotables, Seen on the Web, and Essays (#49) was compiled by Donald Bishop, Bren Chair of Strategic Communications, Marine Corps University.

January 9, 2017, Quotables 530-532, Seen on the Web 809-962

  1. THE JANUARY 6 INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY REPORT
  2. THE JANUARY 6 SENATE HEARING
  3. GRIZZLY STEPPE
  4. MORE ON THE U.S. ELECTION
  5. HYBRID WAR – INFORMATION WARFARE
  6. DISINFORMATION – FAKE NEWS
  7. RUSSIA
  8. UKRAINE
  9. CHINA
  10. TAIWAN
  11. NORTH KOREA
  12. ISLAMISM
  13. THE NEW ADMINISTRATION
  14. PUBLIC DIPLOMACY
  15. SOCIAL MEDIA
  16. EXCHANGES
  17. INFORMATION OPERATIONS
  18. TRANSLATION
  19. BROADCASTING
  20. IDEAS, CONCEPTS, DOCTRINE
  21. THE FOUR FREEDOMS
  22. CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE PUBLIC DIPLOMACY OFFICER’S SOUL 

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Fact-check: BBG can now broadcast to Americans?

The change to the governance structure of the Broadcasting Board of Governors through an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act has raised some concerns that the BBG might turn inward to target American audiences through domestic broadcasting. An article at Politico, for example, stated that because of the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2013, “the BBG can now broadcast in the U.S., too.” Fox’s Howard Kurtz was more accurate when he wrote that the three-year-old amendment means that the “BBG’s content can also be broadcast in the United States.” The first is not accurate, while Kurtz is slightly misleading. Here’s why.

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Strategic Communications and Public Diplomacy “Seen on the Web” (#47)

Quotables, Seen on the Web, and Essays (#47) was compiled by Donald Bishop, Bren Chair of Strategic Communications, Marine Corps University.

1. FAKE NEWS . . . 2. THE U.S. ELECTIONS . . . 3. CONGRESS . . . 4. PUBLIC DIPLOMACY . . . 5. BROADCASTING . . . 6. PUBLIC AFFAIRS . . . 7. MARINE CORPS . . . 8. SMITH-MUNDT ACT . . . 9. HYBRID WARFARE . . . 10. SOCIAL MEDIA . . . 11. INTERNET ACCESS AS A HUMAN RIGHT . . . 12. RUSSIA . . . 13. ISLAMISM . . . 14. CHINA . . . 15. NORTH KOREA . . . 16. AFRICA . . . 17. BOOK FAIRS . . . 18. STUDY IN THE U.S. . . . 19. HISTORY . . . 20. IDEAS, CONCEPTS, DOCTRINE . . . 21. FOREIGN SERVICE PUBLIC DIPLOMACY OFFICERS Continue reading “Strategic Communications and Public Diplomacy “Seen on the Web” (#47)”