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Category Archives: Communication in General

How to offend people

This cartoon caused a firestorm on a social media site. I drew this cartoon for my high school newspaper, the Regent Review, in 1979. When I posted it recently, someone wrote a comment that offended a lot of people (including me). Someone got so upset, he demanded that I delete the post or he would report it to …

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The night I protested against Joan Rivers

Although I’ve lived in the Los Angeles/Orange County area all my life, I’ve only had a few encounters with celebrities. But one night in 1982, I protested against Joan Rivers. I was heavily into politics when I was younger because I was scared about my future and angry at the world. My friend Gino and …

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Do trolls have any value?

“Don’t feed the trolls,” is an Internet author’s mantra. The best thing to do when confronted with some racist, sexist, homophobic, or just hate-filled nonsense gushed out of some attention-seeking jerk is to ignore it. Or do you? Even some YouTube commentators are unsure about what to do with them. But if trolls are going …

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Why conspiracy theorists are great storytellers

Why do conspiracy theories hold sway over the popular imagination? Why do people still believe the Apollo 11 lunar landing was a hoax despite all of the evidence that it actually happened? One reason is that conspiracy theorists are great storytellers. I’m not making light of conspiracy theories and theorists. Conspiracy theories have led to …

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Blogging Tips

I attended a wonderful talk by Sonia Marsh, author of Freeways to Flip-Flops: A Family’s Year of Gutsy Living on a Tropical Island and My Gutsy Story Anthology: True Stories of Love, Courage and Adventure from Around the World (Volume 1). She talked about blogs as a promotional tool and asked the audience for our …

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