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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Writing, War and Conscience

Quotes for the Week

"A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer."
Dean Gooderham Acheson

"The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern.
Every class is unfit to govern."

Lord John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton

Propaganda and marketing have been a part of human history since the times of Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. Their writing is literally on the walls of the ruined remainders of their empires. Our ancestors understood the power of words and imagery, so much so that the harshest vengenance they could implement was the erasure--the striking of their enemies' names from record, thus removing them from human memory and stealing their immortality.

Check out the news stories listed below. It's articles like these which remind us that ideas, information, words--media matter, and that we share a responsibility in their application.

Moscow burial for slain journalist

FBI to interview former page about Foley e-mails

Google boosts stocks
Major gauges edge higher in early trade as investors cheer $1.65-billion Google deal.

Bolton dismisses North Korean nuclear missile threat as 'intimidation'

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