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ah, still reading FT...no choice...
you see any reasonable men long time ago ceased to be informed by FT (WSJ, Economist, etc) fiction writers, and they (Western journalists) go further down.
They don't understand that negative advertising is advertising after all, the worst thing they can do to Russia is not to report about her at all but to comprehend such thing is above their abilities.
by FarEasterner on Sun Jan 6th, 2008 at 05:22:25 AM EST
They've gone beyond this, and undestand that a lie repeated enough times becomes conventional wisdom (it's no less of a lie, but it's believed by their target audience).

And we read them because, despite all, they still provide more information than any other kind of publication (once you know how to filter their bias), and because we need to understand them to fight them more effectively.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Jan 6th, 2008 at 06:24:12 AM EST
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Have you considered that our process of editing LTEs might be observed? At some point of the interface with the FT - say after a few LTEs are published -some editor may follow the links to check background (if this has not already happened).

I am not saying this is a bad thing. It would then be clear to them that the LTE is carefully and seriously worded.


You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jan 6th, 2008 at 06:50:36 AM EST
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I've never hidden the process - in fact I think I have even provided direct links on occasion to my texts, so this is not like it's done in secret.

But that's the whole point, isn't it: it's fully transparent: the blog has the harsher words, and also the process whereby this is transformed into a letter which follows their rules of behavior/writing. But the content is consistent, as that's the main thing.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Jan 6th, 2008 at 07:34:24 AM EST
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The fact that it is fully transparent is, imho, why it becomes more powerful, because it contrasts with the opacity of other media.

However there is a difference between playing their game and gaming their system, as I'm sure we are all aware. The most important factor, as you noted elsewhere, is our understanding of a) the process by which the mainstream media consider, accept and edit content and b) the specific audiences they are addressing, and the language and form of argument that can attract attention.

The LTE is a useful door opener. But I hope the process can be one day extended to include more substantial articles. ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Jan 6th, 2008 at 10:22:31 AM EST
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Some of my edits attempt to find word choices that shift the frame from theirs to ours. The audience are not the editors but the readers: the goal is to get them to read text that will make them go 'huh?' because it comes from a different frame than they're used to. The "serious" wording is to get past the editors, and the "careful" wording is to influence the readers.

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jan 6th, 2008 at 10:33:12 AM EST
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A priori, what they write is carefully and seriously worded...
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Jan 6th, 2008 at 09:22:05 AM EST
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