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Piecing Back Together A Fractured Reality

We live in a fractured world. I don’t think that is a surprise to anyone or a controversial statement. We have some hope with the changes in leadership in the US but even with a new leader over there the country is fractured, torn down the middle by political and racial conflict, not to mention Covid.

How do we make sense of the senseless world?

How do we deal with the constant bombardment of negative news on our mental and physical health?

The previous president of the…

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Conspiracy and War on Sensemaking

1min Read: Opinion: Conspiracy and War on Sensemaking

You would be amiss to have not noticed there is a war on our ability to make sense of the world going on right now. The information wars are raging in the western world. The war on reality, the war on facts and the idea of fake news and “alternative facts” has become prevalent.

Trump is the most obvious and outspoken spokesperson for this, but he is not working alone, and it is not only the far right that that is adding to…

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Estimated 4 minutes read: Controlling the Narratives and the Weaponization of Language in 2020 

It doesn’t take a behavioural linguistic analysis of government's narratives and the systems of control of information around Covid-19 to see what is going on. 

Even using the words/labels “Covid-19” or “CoronaVirus” could, and probably will get this article flagged and suppressed when posted on social media and in search engine…

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Estimated 3 minutes read: Coronavirus Information Overload: facts, information, misinformation and disinformation how do we make sense of which is which?  

The times we live in are riddled with information overload. From the mass media outlets that are arguably "real news", even though they are famed for their clickbait headlines, through to fake news. Government and health authority information sites and those from trusted sources being ignored whilst social media posts from some…

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We live in a fractured world. I don’t think that is a surprise to anyone or a controversial statement. We have some hope with the changes in leadership in the US but even with a new leader over there the country is fractured, torn down the middle by…
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A world stuck in its own shadow not growing
Not moving the way, we were told it would
Was it a lie?
A mass conspiracy
A social hoax, on us all
An experiment gone wrong
They promise so much and yet deliver so little
False prophets peddling fear…
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A world stuck in its own shadow not growing
Not moving the way, we were told it would
Was it a lie?
A mass conspiracy
A social hoax, on us all
An experiment gone wrong
They promise so much and yet deliver so little
False prophets peddling fear and…
Jan 17
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Why are Trumpers, Brexiteers and Tory supporters so angry? After all, they won. So why do we see and hear them continually getting wound up and shouting, even screaming at the other side?  

Do they honestly think that once an election or referendum has finished that the other side should just shut up be quiet and not say another word? Do they not know how democracy works? Neither the US nor the UK is in a dictatorship (yet). But still, they seem to think that the other side does not…

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It is polling time again soon in the UK and who are you going to vote for? Do you know? Have you made up your mind? Or are you going to listen to what's said and make and “informed decision?” 

Is that even possible in today’s world? Can you make sense of all the noise? If we put aside for one moment the rhetoric and hyperbole from each of the main party front liners and their spin doctors, which are bad enough, and we listen to the media pundits, bloggers, podcasters and YouTubers can…

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I recently joined the Open Rights Group as a member and was asked to respond to the Governments Online Harms regulation plans within their open consultation which ends the 1st of July - Online Harms White Paper - Government Consultation. 

Below is my response. Please do the same and keep the UK free from unelected regulators that could harm freeness of speech. 

While we all agree, there is a need to tackle and deal with both illegal and harmful content online this must be put…

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It's all fake news anyway! 

Fake news is in the news. It's been headline activity ever since Trump helped propagate it within his ongoing media ramblings. Used now by him and his entourage of bewildered future inmates, it has become a distraction technique during and after his presidential campaign. He has now successfully driven the narrative to be able to deflect anything that is said negatively about him, even by his beloved Fox News, as a five-year-old in a…

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A world stuck in its own shadow

A world stuck in its own shadow not growing

Not moving the way, we were told it would

Was it a lie?

A mass conspiracy

A social hoax, on us all

An experiment gone wrong

They promise so much and yet deliver so little

False prophets…

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Step Inside

Step inside yourself, they say

Set aside your outer senses

Step inside and see

Your inner workings

Step inside and see

What is hidden

What awaits you there

Fear not

Although the path may be weary for your soul

It is worth doing

Knowing your inner workings

And what lurks within the shadows

Forgotten and buried deep

Step inside yourself and see yourself anew

It’s a path worth treading only if you…

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How better to be?

How better to be?

In times of sorrow and despair

Where the weak are belittled instead of held up and honoured

What do we look for in our leaders, these men, and women whose sacred power is to protect

Where do we turn when they fail us

Why do we listen to their narratives when they are only out for re-election

Of self-preservation and greed

We get misdirected and distracted by the other

By the life, they seem to live that is better than…

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Maybe it was your fault

What if it was your fault?

I mean really. What if?

You try to pretend you are above it all.

That it was all "them".

But what if you drove them to it?

What if their madness is your sanity? Or something like that.

You look back over a year of ‘what the fuck’ and you think what’s the fucking point. If no one gives a fuck why should you?

you ain't ever going back! but drip drip drip its starts and soon it seeps in deep.

Too deep.

It…

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Two minutes read: A Return on Your Investment and More with Article Marketing: Series Marketing Your Cause

Most businesses want to get a return on their investment in the soonest possible time, charities, not for profits,…

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Individuality

We are all different and because of that, we all see the world in our own unique way as we delete, distort and generalise what we take in based on our cognitive biases. Yet in many ways we are predictable and…

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The initial onslaught of hype, panic and surge in consultants offering advice on GDPR up to its official launch in May 2018 certainly made it feel, to marketers at least, like a massive constraint in marketing. We had just gotten used to phrases…

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Simple Financial Support for SME's

Business today can be tricky and sometimes you need the financial support to make the right investment in technology or infrastructure to maximise on the opportunities when they come. On this site, we do not offer financial advice but we do put you in touch with the lenders who can and who specialises in helping small and medium-sized businesses in the UK. 

If you are looking for asset…

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Marketing Mentalist / AKA Sam's Tweets

The 2020 election was marked by severe political divisions, a public health crisis, unease about the voting process, concerns about… Some interesting data here; whilst most Americans surveyed seem to believe they had enough information to make a decision during the recent US election 4 in 5 felt they had been exposed to misinformation. This is no surprise to us it is a sign of a change in awareness to some, if not all, of the problem we are tackling today. All free countries should be looking…
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Two years ago, complaints against real time bidding (RTB) were lodged by Jim Killock of Open Rights Group, Michael Veale of UCL, and Johnny Ryan. “WHAT’S THE ISSUE WITH RTB? Every time you visit a website, hundreds if not thousands of hidden trackers are taking note of what we do, read and watch. Your browising history and profile data is then shared all across the globe, and sold in auctions where countless advertisers and middlemen can access our data and bid for their adverts to be shown…
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Black Lives Matter: 3 words that shouldn’t need saying in 2020 but sadly do 

After witnessing the horrible death of George Floyd at the hands of a sadistic police officer, as we all have, on social media, the Black Lives Matter movement and subsequent protests have ricocheted around the world.  

As a white male, I am not even going to begin to pretend I understand the lived experience of people of colour either in my home country, the UK, or the US. What I do know is that I am…

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