April 13, 2010

The New Liberal Media Agenda


The next wave of national leaders will be showboat-averse. Like Caroline Bouvier Kennedy for example. The new agenda will be liberal going forward, except perhaps for the media. The media has some explaining to do.

Few argue that the media had no role in exacerbating the crisis. One day Chris Matthews is a Senatorial candidate, the next day he's a talking head. There's going to be a backlash to all things commercial, including commercials. Is it ironic that the Bush era ends with OJ's jail sentencing?

Advertising is dead. Long Live Branded Content.

We envision we'll all need more art in our lives. More independent film. Higher ratings on IFC, Sundance, AMC. Hey, if Brittany can straighten up, anything is possible.


Unlike the Nixon/Bush era, we'll see a "Silent Maturity" become the majority. It will be a time for serious people. People like Keith Reinhard deploying The Business for Diplomatic Action" (BDA) to improve the standing and reputation of America in the world.

In an upcoming BDA Symposium, Keith is joined by a number of leaders, including a member of the foreign policy advisory group to the Barack Obama presidential campaign to discuss "How do we deal with public opinion's increased abiilty to hold more sway in an information age when communication technologies are cheap and ubiquitous. To achieve its national interests, the United States must effectively engage and attract the cooperation of foreign publics, but must do so in a world that is markedly changed since American public diplomacy institutions were created." Click on any of the visuals above to learn more.

The BDA is a private-sector a-political non-profit directed by preeminent communications, marketing, political science, global development and media professionals. BDA's mission is to enlist the U.S. business community in actions to improve the standing and reputation of America in the world. The organization is leading the private sector effort to provide constructive business solutions for public diplomacy programs and initiatives.


As further evidence, we saw a story about how a politician is shunning publicity and being glorified in the halls of government buildings. Imagine our surprise then when the paper of record published a story about former New York Governor, Mario Cuomo and how he is so reluctant to sit for a portrait that one portrait artistic illustrator, Thomas Fuchs imagined how he would be depicted if he sit down with Warhol, Picasso, Mondrian and R. Crumb.

Art on the front page of the New York Times. It's not often one sees a Warhol-like art mosaic on the front cover of the paper of record. It was sandwiched between more serious subjects and stories ranging from economic disasters, Government bailouts of major industries headquartered in Motown, sharp words about the country's espionage vendor (CIA) and series pieced titled "The Evidence Gap" which talks about how the pharmaceutical industry sets a price on life.


Harkening back to an earlier era, when Cuomo was a wee-pup of a poll, during an equally upside down world, 50 years ago, New York Mayor John Lindsay remarked "I still think it's a fun city." He walked four miles (6 km) from his hotel room to City Hall in a gesture to show it, at a time when people were having to walk the dirty streets during the Big Apple's transit and sanitation strikes.












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