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August 21st, 2014
thesmithian
This is the largest citizen empowerment change seen in history, and it has happened almost entirely from technology. The impact on consumer behaviour and, more importantly, on expectation has been overwhelming—a true game changer. We live in different times and I for one am very tired of hearing examples and role models which are historically inappropriate, holding to a past with little to offer the adaptive approaches required today.
July 10th, 2014
thesmithian

'…Al Jazeera America does not have a content problem or a brand problem. Al Jazeera America has a distribution problem.'

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July 9th, 2014
thesmithian

the project i’m working on with my husband is called HRDCVR.

thanks to our kickstarter backers, in addition to creating a soul-crushingly brilliant hardcover culture magazine for the new every1, we’re offering four virtual-ish fellowships. we’re taking apps now for two of them: the above, in writing & research, and there’s one for social media as well. coming soon: one in design, and one in content leadership.

please see this page for fellowship and other opportunities.

also: here’s the hrdcvrlife tumblr.

June 29th, 2014
thesmithian

the tendency to write off teen-age boys because of distrust of their neighborhoods or the color of their skin, to assume that jail is the place for them, has not gone away. Neither, somehow, has Donald Trump.

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the tendency to write off teen-age boys because of distrust of their neighborhoods or the color of their skin, to assume that jail is the place for them, has not gone away. Neither, somehow, has Donald Trump.

more.

June 16th, 2014
thesmithian
…much of the commentary on the Obama administration—and a lot of the reporting—emphasizes the negative: the contrast between the extravagant hopes of 2008 and the prosaic realities of political trench warfare, the troubles at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the mess in Iraq, and so on. The accepted thing, it seems, is to portray Mr. Obama as floundering, his presidency as troubled if not failed. But this is all wrong. You should judge leaders by their achievements, not their press, and in terms of policy substance Mr. Obama is having a seriously good year. In fact, there’s a very good chance that 2014 will go down in the record books as one of those years when America took a major turn in the right direction.
May 30th, 2014
thesmithian

collects…everything from presidential addresses and diplomatic cables to political cartoons and song lyrics. It encompasses various phases of American diplomatic history that are typically treated separately, such as the First World War, the Cold War, and 9/11. The book presents the perspectives of elite policymakers—presidents, secretaries of state, generals, and diplomats—alongside those of other kinds of Americans, such as newspaper columnists, clergymen, songwriters, poets, and novelists. It also features numerous documents from other countries…

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collects…everything from presidential addresses and diplomatic cables to political cartoons and song lyrics. It encompasses various phases of American diplomatic history that are typically treated separately, such as the First World War, the Cold War, and 9/11. The book presents the perspectives of elite policymakers—presidents, secretaries of state, generals, and diplomats—alongside those of other kinds of Americans, such as newspaper columnists, clergymen, songwriters, poets, and novelists. It also features numerous documents from other countries…

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May 30th, 2014
thesmithian

EDM entrepreneurs have carefully cultivated the mythology of the festival experience, making a high-production, high-tech, over-the-top encounter inextricable from the experience of repetitive beats…the festivals are getting bigger and bigger, with so much money and influence that it seems no drug-related media frenzy could ever stop this movement.

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EDM entrepreneurs have carefully cultivated the mythology of the festival experience, making a high-production, high-tech, over-the-top encounter inextricable from the experience of repetitive beats…the festivals are getting bigger and bigger, with so much money and influence that it seems no drug-related media frenzy could ever stop this movement.

more.

May 27th, 2014
thesmithian

hrdcvrlife:

team #HRDCVR is working hard. beyond excited. team #HRDCVR is ready to work some more. 

please check out the Kickstarter page here

this is our dream project. pls check out the Kickstarter page here, and share/pledge if you can.

Reblogged from HRDlife
May 18th, 2014
thesmithian

'There can be no such thing as an informed populace if those that would inform them steadfastly insist that lying to them is just as good; the press is not truly free if it has been captured as a tool of propagandists, and willingly submits itself to the same. This is how it works, and this is why we are now a nation that sees the ghosts of conspiracy in every corner. This is why there is a Bundy ranch standoff, and why Benghazi! will get more hearings than all other attacks on American diplomatic outposts combined, and why climate change will continue to be disputed even as large parts of Antarctica cave off into the rising seas. This is why we fought a war in Iraq, and why those that peddled it have faced no professional repercussions. Because we continue to treat truth and ideologically laced falsehood with exactly equal merit, as if they are two equally worthy opponents for our attention and our respect, and govern ourselves with notions taken just as liberally from the falsehoods as from the facts.'

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May 15th, 2014
thesmithian

'for many women, the confidence gap is not that they have less faith in their abilities than men. It’s that (unlike men) they’re expected to downplay their confidence in order to seem nonthreatening and likable—or face professional consequences. This emotional labor is the unwritten responsibility in every woman’s job description.'

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May 10th, 2014
thesmithian

‘A new new, for the new everyone,’ is how Danyel Smith describes her venture to create a concept magazine in the form of a book, ‘an extreme print experience.’ A crowd-funded, one-time published product, she wants to ‘reject the niche’ and ‘reject mainstream’ because ‘it’s about the multi-stream.’ Passion dripped from her eyes as she teared up at the notion that ‘everyone is equally interesting. In my opinion, hrdcvr is poised to revolutionize what we have come to know as journalism and what we call print.”

Tre’Vell Anderson

hello, theSmithian community,

the above is my project, with my husband. the woman in the video is me, Danyel Smith. pls watch. also:

the tumblr is here

the twitter is here

most importantly, the Kickstarter is here and we need your support to make HRDCVR happen. It’s going to be beautiful and smart and amazing.

May 6th, 2014
thesmithian

aromaeus:

jshaath:

Please take one minute out of your day and watch this. It’s the ugly truth.

I hear no lies.

[look of the hour]

Reblogged from Radio on 86th Street
March 26th, 2014
thesmithian
There are some things too touchy to joke about…We have apologized a hundred times. What more can we do? We screwed up.

Yves Desmet, editor in chief of De Morgen

the left-leaning Flemish daily that published…

"satirical"

images of President Obama and his wife, Michelle, digitally altered to look like apes…which published them days before the president’s visit to Brussels this week.

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March 24th, 2014
thesmithian

'The Washington media taste-makers and “thinkfluencers” loved it. All the signs of 2016 swoonfest are clear already. This insider media group is going to build this guy up, find him “interesting” and “fresh,” and they’ll promote him over that old hecate (as they see it) Hillary Clinton in much the way they once promoted George W. Bush over Al Gore as the superior person to have a beer with.'

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