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The lost art of political persuasion - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Apr. 25 2015

Talking points are hardly a 21st century political innovation. But they have so crowded out every other form of discourse that politics is now utterly devoid of honesty, unless it’s the result of human error. The candidates are still human, we think, though the techies now running campaigns are no doubt working on ways to remove that bug from their programs.

Intuition, ideas and passion used to matter in politics. Now, data analytics aims to turn all politicians into robots, programmed to deliver a script that has been scientifically tested...The data analysts have algorithms that tell them just what words resonate with just what voters and will coax them to donate, volunteer and vote.

Politics is no longer about the art of persuasion or about having an honest debate about what’s best for your country, province or city. It’s about microtargeting individuals who’ve already demonstrated by their Facebook posts or responses to telephone surveys that they are suggestible. Voters are data points to be manipulated, not citizens to be cultivated....Campaign strategists euphemistically refer to this data collection and microtargeting as “grassroots engagement” or “having one-on-one conversations” with voters....The data analysts on the 2012 Obama campaign came up with “scores” for each voter in its database, or what author Sasha Issenberg called “a new political currency that predicted the behaviour of individual humans.
Konrad_Yakabuski  persuasion  middle_class  politicians  massive_data_sets  political_campaigns  data_scientists  data_driven  data_mining  microtargeting  behavioural_targeting  politics  data  analytics  Campaign_2012 
april 2015 by jerryking
Big Data Is A Big Factor In 2012                     
Mar 30 2012 | Campaigns & Elections | By Brett Bell.

But as the social media industry continues to mature, so too does the level of sophistication in which campaigns and organizations apply social media tools and techniques. Campaigns are moving away from merely having a social media presence to leveraging social activity to inform and fuel campaign machines....For their part, the Obama campaign is focusing significant attention and resources towards data management. In a series of telling job postings this summer, Obama For America put out the call for data mining and predictive modeling analysts, appealing to the startup community, private sector and data managers within their own Party. One particular job description stated that successful candidates would assist in developing statistical and predictive models to assist in fundraising, digital media and other areas of the campaign....the Obama For America Campaign 2012 launched a Facebook application which requested permission to access your location, name, picture, gender, list of friends and other information that would be valuable to the campaign team
Campaign_2012  massive_data_sets  political_campaigns  data_scientists  data_driven  data_mining  microtargeting  behavioural_targeting  data_management 
january 2014 by jerryking
Q&A: Turning a non-voter into a voter - The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Nov. 26 2012

There is a body of experiments that shows person-to-person contact does something to turn a non-voter into a voter that no television ad can. Smart campaigns, and Barack Obama’s is the best example of this, are making the investments to create these types of interactions.
voting  elections  political_campaigns  massive_data_sets  microtargeting  Campaign_2012 
january 2014 by jerryking
The nuts and bolts of Obama's data-driven campaign
The nuts and bolts of Obama's data-driven campaign
Author(s): Colin Delany
Source: Campaigns & Elections (2010). 34.1 (January-February 2013): p16
Obama  Campaign_2012  data  data_driven  political_campaigns  elections 
december 2013 by jerryking
Data, Data and More Data
July-August 2013 | Campaigns & Elections | by Colin Delany.

...The picture often portrayed--the Obama campaign as a relentlessly efficient data juggernaut--paints over a lot of workarounds, hacks and improvisations. I'd heard this before, for example at CampaignTech in April, when Obama data manager Ethan Roeder had mentioned that plenty of the campaign's technology was held together with "duct tape and baling wire." He echoed that sentiment in Philadelphia, and he wasn't alone: Obama Chief Scientist Rayid Ghani said that for every mention of "data integration" on the campaign, he had "20 caveats" about how less-than-perfect it actually was in practice...Ghani said that the Obama voter file was actually the smallest data set he'd worked with as a technology professional, in part because people vote so rarely. Elections simply don't come around that often, and compared with commercial marketers (who can draw on thousands of purchases and other transactions to predict buying patterns), political campaigners don't have much historical data to work with.
data  data_driven  political_campaigns  Campaign_2012  Facebook  data_scientists  data_management 
december 2013 by jerryking
Election Highlights Stark Partisan Divide -
December 10, 2012, 5:46 p.m. ET

Election Sharpens the Partisan Divide

Gerald_Seib  Campaign_2012  partisan_warfare  political_polarization 
december 2012 by jerryking
How Race Slipped Away From Mitt Romney -
November 8, 2012, 3:55 p.m. ET

How Race Slipped Away From Romney

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Mitt_Romney  Campaign_2012 
november 2012 by jerryking
How race and the U.S. election intersect. Hint: badly - The Globe and Mail
Imani Perry

The Globe and Mail

Published Saturday, Nov. 03 2012

Moreover, in the U.S. race is always deployed in election seasons. It is coded with words like "crime," "welfare" and "special interests," and signals a many-decades-long, ongoing backlash against the efforts to pursue equality during the civil rights movement. What makes this moment different is that now it is the President's body itself that is the symbol of racial threat.

The truth is, Americans are quite ambivalent about the value we place in "equality." Americans love the ideal, but many also fear it. They worry that if we pursue racial equality, it might negatively affect their standing in society. And so we find ourselves with hysterical clinging to the status quo through lynched President dolls, and fearmongering about the havoc of the ghetto and the teeming "illegals" reaching into suburbia's pockets at the bidding of a "socialist" President.
African-Americans  race_relations  Campaign_2012  fearmongering  dog_whistles  race-baiting 
november 2012 by jerryking
The Dating Game Gets Partisan, With Politics a Deal Breaker -
October 28, 2012 | WSJ | By ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON.
The Dating Game Gets Partisan, With Politics a Deal Breaker
Opposites Aren't So Attractive; Voting Record Trumps Religion, Looks and Schooling
dating  relationships  Campaign_2012 
october 2012 by jerryking
Romney as a Manager - Unhurried and Socratic -
Published: October 19, 2012
Mitt_Romney  Campaign_2012  Socratic 
october 2012 by jerryking
Five Ways to Sway Voters -
September 14, 2012, 7:41 p.m. ET

5 Ways to Hack Voters' Brains
How science is remaking the art of political campaigns in America

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september 2012 by jerryking
Obama and the Racial Politics of American English -
Published: September 8, 2012

In a multiethnic, multicultural America where Hispanics are the largest ethnic minority and Asians are the fastest-growing minority, national politicians also will have to be fluent in multiple ways of speaking. For too long, sounding presidential meant sounding like a white, middle- or upper-class straight man (with modest leeway for regional accents). In 2012 and beyond, it’s going to take a lot more than that to win over the hearts and minds — and ears — of the American people....Language is playing a role in this electoral season, too, but in ways most observers have overlooked. Because language is a primary factor in shaping whether a politician is seen as “likable” or “relatable,” the stark differences in speaking styles between Mr. Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, are probably contributing to the persistently higher marks for “personality” that Mr. Obama has gotten in numerous polls.
Obama  speeches  linguistics  Mitt_Romney  Campaign_2012  languages 
september 2012 by jerryking
U.S. political debate stuck in the past -
Aug. 30 2012 | The Globe and Mail | CHRYSTIA FREELAND.

The argument between the Democrats and the GOP about the size of the state comes with little regard for the economic realities of this era. Like generals fighting the last war, U.S. politicians are solving the economic challenges of the past century....Thanks to smart machines and global trade, the well-paying, middle-class jobs that were the backbone of Western democracies are vanishing. The paradoxical driver of this middle-class squeeze is not some villainous force – it is, rather, the success of the world’s best companies, many of them American (i.e. Big Tech, the major platforms)....the knottiest economic problem of our time: Figuring out how to manage an economy whose engines of growth are enriching the few but squeezing the many....It took more than the spinning jenny or the steam engine to transform local, agrarian, family-based communities into national, urban, individualistic ones. New political and social institutions will be needed to midwife the latest shift into global and virtual communities. Inventing those institutions is difficult, and talking about them can be frightening, but that is the political conversation the Western world should be having.
Big_Tech  Chrystia_Freeland  Campaign_2012  globalization  Outsourcing  institutions  middle_class  job_destruction  job_displacement  job_loss  institution-building  downward_mobility  hollowing_out  backward_looking 
august 2012 by jerryking
Billionaires, bigotry and Barack - Stabroek News - Guyana
Billionaires, bigotry and Barack
By Stabroek staff | 10 Comments | Editorial | Saturday, August 25, 2012
Obama  Campaign_2012 
august 2012 by jerryking
How the Republicans Built It -
August 28, 2012

It was appropriate that “We built it,” the needling slogan of the evening, was painted on the side of the convention hall. Speaker after speaker alluded to the phrase in an entire day based on the thinnest of reeds — a poorly phrased remark by the president, deliberately taken out of context. President Obama was making the obvious point that all businesses rely to some extent on the work and services of government. But Mr. Romney has twisted it to suggest that Mr. Obama believes all businesses are creatures of the government, and so the convention had to parrot the line.
GOP  Campaign_2012  editorials 
august 2012 by jerryking
The Launching Pad -
July 21, 2012 | NYT | By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN.

Obama should aspire to make America the launching pad where everyone everywhere should want to come to launch their own moon shot, their own start-up, their own social movement. We can’t stimulate or tax-cut our way to growth. We have to invent our way there. The majority of new jobs every year are created by start-ups. The days when Ford or G.E. came to town with 10,000 jobs are over. Their factories are much more automated today, and their products are made in global supply chains. Instead, we need 2,000 people in every town each starting something that employs five people.

We need everyone starting something! Therefore, we should aspire to be the world’s best launching pad because our work force is so productive; our markets the freest and most trusted; our infrastructure and Internet bandwidth the most advanced; our openness to foreign talent second to none; our funding for basic research the most generous; our rule of law, patent protection and investment-friendly tax code the envy of the world; our education system unrivaled; our currency and interest rates the most stable; our environment the most pristine; our health care system the most efficient; and our energy supplies the most secure, clean and cost-effective.

No, we are not all those things today — but building America into this launching pad for more start-ups is precisely what an Obama second term should be about, so more Americans can thrive in a world we invented. If we can make America the best place to dream something, design something, start something, collaborate with others on something and manufacture something — in an age in which every link in that chain can now be done in so many more places — our workers and innovators will do just fine.
Tom_Friedman  Obama  Campaign_2012  start_ups  entrepreneurship  Cambrian_explosion  product_launches  rule_of_law  interest_rates  institutional_integrity  currencies  moonshots  tax_codes 
july 2012 by jerryking
To Boos and Polite Applause, Romney Speaks to the N.A.A.C.P. -
July 11, 2012, 12:27 pm1 Comment
To Boos and Polite Applause, Romney Speaks to the N.A.A.C.P.
Mitt_Romney  NAACP  speeches  Campaign_2012 
july 2012 by jerryking
Portman Could Help Romney as Running Mate -
May 28, 2012| WSJ | By GERALD F. SEIB.

The Buzz Around Portman, the Un-Palin
Campaign_2012  GOP  Mitt_Romney  Gerald_Seib 
may 2012 by jerryking
President Obama Should Seize the High Ground -
Obama’s campaign right now feels as though it were made in a test tube by political consultants. It’s not the Obama we admire. Rather than pounding the country with “I have a plan” — a rebuilding stimulus plus Simpson-Bowles — which would be an Obama-like message of hope, leadership and unity that would put him on higher ground that Romney can’t reach because of the radical G.O.P. base, Obama is selling poll-tested wedge issues. I don’t think it’s a winner for him or America.
Tom_Friedman  Obama  Campaign_2012 
may 2012 by jerryking
One Way to Look at Private Equity -
January 16, 2012 |NYT | By ANDREW ROSS SORKIN

Alan Webber
Santa Fe, New Mexico


With all due respect, I think Messrs. Levy and Sorkin are missing the point: The question is not, does private equity play a valuable role in the economy? The question is, does Mitt Romney's experience in private equity represent a valid argument for why he should be President? Most people would say that private equity plays an important role--in the private sector. Of course, there are firms and individuals who have played the game fast and loose. Just as there are many who see the contribution that private equity can make to innovation and entrepreneurship. Not relevant, however, to the debate at hand. The debate at hand is over whether Mitt Romney's experience at Bain Capital has any bearing on his being President? Would you want the U.S. economy run like a private equity fund? (And if it were, wouldn't the President be picking winners and losers? Not very conservative, that idea!) Mr. Levy doesn't have to defend private equity. He needs to tell us whether being the head of a private equity fund in any way qualifies an individual to be President--a job which has to serve more stakeholders than just the financial markets. This column answers the wrong question and doesn't even ask the right one.
private_equity  Andrew_Sorkin  letters_to_the_editor  Bain_Capital  questions  financial_markets  Mitt_Romney  Campaign_2012 
january 2012 by jerryking
Republican Attacks Have Racist Undertones -
January 3, 2012, 5:36 pm
Nobody Likes to Talk About It, but It’s There
Obama  Birthers  Mitt_Romney  Newt_Gingrich  Campaign_2012  racism  dog_whistles  race-baiting  bigotry 
january 2012 by jerryking
Go Big, Mr. Obama -
Published: November 22, 2011
Obama  Tom_Friedman  Campaign_2012 
november 2011 by jerryking
Perry's Emphasis on Birther Issue: A Wink at the Right? -
October 25, 2011 | NYT | By MICHAEL D. SHEAR. Perry’s Emphasis on Birther Issue: A Wink at the Right?
Rick_Perry  Campaign_2012  race-baiting 
october 2011 by jerryking
Why Herman Cain is the Perfect Racist
October 10, 2011 | Your Black Politics: | by Dr. Boyce Watkins,Syracuse University.
blogs  Herman_Cain  African-Americans  GOP  Jim_Crow  Campaign_2012 
october 2011 by jerryking
The tough-talking Texan tilting at the White House
13 Aug 2011| Financial Times pg. 7. | by Stephanie Kirchgaessner and Richard McGregor,
Rick_Perry  GOP  ProQuest  Campaign_2012 
august 2011 by jerryking

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