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Trump Is a Threat to the Establishment and This Is a Good Thing Essay

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Donald Trump Being a Wrecking Ball Could Be the Best Thing to Happen to American Politics

A lot of people have a lot of different reasons for supporting Donald Trump as the Republican Presidential nominee in the upcoming 2016 November Presidential election against whomever the prevailing Democratic nominee will be (Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton). Some like Trump's stance on trade (Beversdorff). Others like his policy on immigration (Hahn). Still others like him simply because the "Establishment" -- represented by men like Mitt Romney, William Kristol and Karl Rove -- appears bent on stopping him, and, so the logic goes, if the so-called "Establishment" hates him, he has to be all right (Buchanan). But what should one make of Trump from a dispassionate perspective? What, in other words, does Trump represent that America is in need of? Change? Obama represented that (theoretically) in 2008 and all the country received was more of the same (Stone, Kuznick). On the other hand, if Trump truly does pose a threat to the "deep state," as it has been identified by Peter Dale Scott in his book entitled The American Deep State, then there may be a legitimate reason to support him. There is no easy way to know for sure just what good (or bad) Trump might bring to the country if he were elected. Just this week, he spoke to AIPAC, one of the more repellent of the moneyed interest groups that regularly buys and sells lawmakers (Mearsheimer, Walt). In that speech, Trump pledged his support of Israel, which is, in all objectivity and fairness, a genocidal, terrorist state, whose former Prime Minister Menachem Begin is on record as self-identifying as the world's "Father of Terrorism" (Howe 38). Thus, no matter which way you look at it, Trump is a wild card. However, this paper will argue that of all the options currently available to the voting public, a wild card may be the only chance America has to pull itself out of the political, economic and social abyss yawning at its feet.

One of Trump's supposed strong suits is that he is not being controlled by special…… [Read More]

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Trump Political Rally and Farming Essay

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Farmers grow food in a variety of ways. Local food production can be done through traditional farms, urban farms, even greenhouse farms. For a beef steak to make it to a person's plate, it must come from a cow. This cow is either fed corn or allowed to graze and eat grass. Then the cow is slaughtered and its body is portioned out and turned into various cuts of meat. The same goes for butter, milk, and cheese. These three items come from the female cow's utters as she lactates and is milked. The milk is pasteurized and sold as milk and the other portion of milk is turned to butter and cheese. Potatoes, strawberries, grapes, and peanuts can be grown in a traditional farm or greenhouse. The potatoes can be turned into potato chips through processing, the grapes into grape juice and then grape jam, and the peanuts into peanut butter. The white bread can be grown locally with wheat cultivated in local farm or greenhouses and eggs can come from locally raised chickens.

While coffee is mostly imported from other countries because it is not grown in the United States, with the exception of coffee grown in Hawaii, people are experimenting with growing coffee plants alongside avocado trees. One article explains the success one farmer has with growing coffee next to avocado trees.

Ruskey stuck with coffee, working with Gaskell on different ways to grow it, until they had a eureka moment: Plant the shrubs right next to the avocado trees on the farm, so the coffee benefits from the trees' shade and uses the same irrigation and other inputs. Not only is Ruskey growing the only commercial coffee crop in the country, but he's doing it without using any additional land, water, or fertilizer (Naggapan, 2015).

Growing local does not have to take extra money or extra effort. Ruskey demonstrated all it takes is a little ingenuity and using what is already there.

Going back to the vegetables and fruits, greenhouse…… [Read More]

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Trump S Meeting With Aipac Summary of Article Essay

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2016, Donald Trump was set to speak before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a powerful pro-Israel lobbying group. The potential political alliance seems a strange one. After all, Trump has made seemingly anti-Semitic statements and has welcomed the support of white supremacy groups like the Ku Klux Klan. Trump's stance on immigrants and particularly his stance on Muslims remind many Jews of dark times of persecution, prejudice, and pogroms. The demagogue and presidential hopeful has also wavered on his support of Israel. Moreover, American Jews traditionally vote Democrat.

At the same time, Trump's daughter Ivanka converted to Judaism to marry an Orthodox Jewish man. Trump also supports controversial Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Some members of AIPAC champion Trump's hard-lined stance towards ISIS and believe that Trump would be Israel's strongest ally among all other possible presidential candidates. Trump has worked closely with Jewish partners in New York and Florida throughout his career as a real estate and business magnate. Several Jewish special interest groups have supported Trump over the years. Solidifying his pro-Israel image, Trump has considered developing a Trump Tower project in Israel. In Palm Beach, which has been a long-standing bastion for "exclusive," or anti-Jewish predominantly WASP country clubs, Trump worked hard to open a club that would be open to Jews called Mar-a-Lago. These actions have encouraged some members of the Jewish community to shift their traditionally Democratic alliances and support Trump.

Because Trump's stance and commitment to the Jewish community of America do seem shifty, though, his reception at AIPAC is likely to be met with a degree of suspicion. Some cite the thinly veiled anti-Semitism in statements…… [Read More]

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Understanding Trump S Way of Campaigning Essay

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Presidential Election


Donald Trump is flying high in the 2016 presidential election campaigns. Besides crushing his Republican opponents in national polls, Trump's critics have thrown in the towel (McCutcheon & Mark, 2016). Having underrated his candidature and accused of a racist and sexist huckster, Trump is now receiving the ultimate compliment and being taken seriously. This essay attempts to discuss the mystery of Donald Tramp's appeal. His opponents have to deal with his demeanor, his disdain for intellectual and party elites, as well as his talent for drawing media coverage. How is Trump achieving all these successes? Whichever the case, Trump's current position and his ultimate fate warrant a theoretical explanation. George Lakoff's linguistic theory is used to understand Trump's success. In this sense, the essay will focus on three major linguistic aspects of how Trump wants us to see him: insulting, big words and incoherence.

Insulting and Winning

Trump does not talk like his fellow presidential contestants. How is Trump's language different? Partly it is because of the clipped accent and the dismissive tone (McCutcheon & Mark, 2016). Trump is engaging his audience emotionally and successfully unlike his rivals. In fact, experts described him as perpetually annoyed and exasperated the way things are but somehow rumors about it. Although presidential contestants John Kasich and Chris Christie appear to be perpetually annoyed, nothing cheerful or funny is evident from in their language use.

Trump asserts that winning is the only ideal thing. In a nation governed by personal discipline and responsibility, the winners deserve to win. Donald Trump publicly insults other political leaders and presidential candidates mercilessly. This is simply because he believes that he can win an onstage broadcast insult game. He is a strict conservative, which renders him a formidable winning contestant who deserves to be a winner in the presidential elections. The 2016 electoral competition is a battle. Perhaps, the insults that stick often end up as antecedents of his victories (Schick & Schubert, 2014).

To understand what makes Trump's language different, we can look at a few of his sentences. The words he uses do not work the way modern political rhetoric does. Instead, they work like punchlines: very short with the most important words at the end (Lakoff, 2009). This is rare among Trumps competitors not because they lack Trump's…… [Read More]

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Politics Rhetoric and Advertising the Use of Ethos Pathos and Logos Essay

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Aboard the Trump Train: Latest Ad Shows Trump Supporters Out in Force

Donald Trump's television ad spot employs the three rhetorical strategies of ethos, pathos and logos in a way that is framed by Lakoff's theory of narrative: the ad is framed by diverse supporters voicing their support for Trump as POTUS at the beginning of the 30-second spot and by Trump himself announcing his own vision, which is to "make America great again." Thus, the ad is framed by popular support on one hand and benevolent vision on the other. In between these two frames is a kind of steamroller narrative that suggests that the Trump campaign is an unstoppable force of nature -- a nationalistic groundswell that has united people of all ages, races, ethnicities and genders. This paper will discuss Trump's from the perspective ethos, pathos and logos and show how its frames effectively move it in a singular direction that leads to viewer to the inevitable conclusion: Trump will win and America will be great again.

The tone of Trump's ad is primarily positive: it doesn't even mention any other candidate running in the race; instead it focuses solely on Trump and how much support he has among so many different people, young and old, black, white, Asian, Middle Eastern and Hispanic. The ad's main purpose is to show that Trump has across-the-board appeal, and this purpose is set up by the frame that opens the one side of the end -- the confessions of admiration and hope that so many people have placed in the Trump candidacy. There is an air of jubilation, triumph, expectation, progress, momentum, surging excitement, and even a kind of militant defiance in the face of establishment politics -- all of which comes through via the music that plays overtop the ad and that underscores the direction of the spot. That direction makes up the other frame that comes along at the end of the ad: that frame is Trump himself.

Thus, the first half of the ad is dedicated to showing the swelling crowds of fans and supporters who have flocked to Trump as though he were a deliverer and…… [Read More]

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East Coast Real Estate Families Essay

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What's the family current worth?

Today, the Trump family business stands at a net worth of $2.6 billion. (#74, Trump, Donald John)

How much total square footage does the Trump family own?

The total square footage has been estimated at a 14.5 million. (#74, Trump, Donald John)

The LeFrak Family:

What family member started the LeFrak family business and when?

LeFrak family has been forming its mark on Queens, as it has been building both residential as well as commercial complexes in the area from the year 1905. What is different about the LeFrak family is that the family had been Europe's builders for the previous 2 generations, before setting up their business in the United States of America in 1905; Maurice LeFrak had started as a developer in France in the 1840's, and later, Aaron who was Maurice's son, and his grandson named Harry, arrived at New York City. They soon began a modest type of building firm with their family name, and they concentrated initially on developing apartments meant primarily for the immigrants who were living on the lower East Side of Manhattan. (the top of the heap)

Grandson of Maurice LeFrak, Harry LeFrak manufactured and designed customized type of glass for Louis Comfort Tiffany, and one of the initial major achievements of the family was the construction of Park Vendome in Queens, which attained fame as one of the world's initial 'high-rise residential-retail-commercial-judicial office building complex', and adding to the beauty of this complex was the fact that Frank Lloyd Wright worked as an assistant for the construction of the skyscraper. The family also constructed the famed LeFrak City in Queens in the year 1963. This City included sixty three high rise buildings. The LeFrak Family owns today, an estimated hundreds of apartment buildings located in various areas in America, and in New York City, including Brooklyn, Queens, and Jersey City. (the top of the heap)

What generation is currently running the family business?

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Works Cited:
Bagli, Charles. V. Lewis Rudin, head of real estate family and a Frequent City Fiscal Savior

Dies at 74. The New York Times, September, 2001. p. 5.
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Rhetoric Ethos Pathos and Logos Political Writing Analysis Essay

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Mitt Romney and John McCain Denounce Donald Trump as a Danger to Democracy" on The New York Times website is framed by two images -- one, an image of the "religious family man" that the Times calls Mitt Romney; the other, an image of the "profane, philandering self-promoter" that it calls Donald Trump (Burns, Barbaro). Thus, while The Times attempts to give a balanced, objective viewpoint on the clash between the former Republican Presidential candidate (as well as the one before him -- John McCain) and the current Republican primary forerunner Donald Trump, it clearly sides with the campaign of Mitt Romney and the Establishment Republicans who resent being challenged by the "outsider" Trump.

The New York Times has paid for this ad, which is essentially endorsed by the Republican elites who seek to wrest control of the Republican primary away from the frontrunner and put it into the hands of someone more malleable like Rubio or Cruz.

The main binaries of the article are the two former Candidates Romney and McCain and the frontrunner of today and likely Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump. On the one side are two failed bids for political power and on the other side is a momentum gaining rhino of a movement that threatens to overturn the establishment so long held dear by Republican elites. That Romney and McCain should voice denunciations against Trump is the height of hypocrisy and represents an implicit anomaly within the narrative offered in this article: why should the opinion of two failed candidates matter in a race that is clearly between PC (criminal) Culture (represented by Hillary Clinton) and non-PC (conservative) culture (represented by Trump). Also implicit in this narrative is the existence of two parties within the Republican party system -- the neo-conservative party, led by men such as Romney and McCain (and several others), and the old-school, traditional conservative party, now being led by Trump (with the support of hundreds of thousands of voters and pundits like Pat Buchannan and David Stockman).

While this article focuses mainly on how Trump is "dangerous" because of his stances on "trade" and "immigration," the article reveals the actual reason Trump is dangerous without really intending to do…… [Read More]

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Locke's Second Treatise of Government Essay

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"God gave the world to men in common" is a theme that supports the view that Locke would see property and something that should not be wasted, as waste deprives others. That survival is taken out of the equation tilts the moral balance towards Locke viewing much of the expropriation of land that occurs in South Florida as needless.

There remains the question of spinoff benefits, and this is something that lies at the heart of much debate about land use today. While the proverbial Donald Trump may not need to expropriate that land in order to survive, there are going to be people who work on that land who do support themselves and their families. The landowner is not necessarily the beneficiary of that land's development. On the surface it seems self-evident that if jobs are created that the expropriation should be viewed as acceptable by Locke. However, it is worth considering that there are myriad ways to create jobs. The same development on a piece of vacant land in an area already developed would bring about the same benefits. Unlike in Locke's era, when land was directly connected to survival, modern day job creation often does not rely on development of any specific patch of land (mining industry excepted). Anything done on land in South Florida can be done just about anywhere in the region; expropriation from nature is not necessary. Additionally, even if the development never took place at all, anywhere, there are myriad ways of creating jobs. The development may be a low-hanging fruit that encourages developers and politicians to pursue it, but that does not mean it must be pursued or the future workers on that land will perish.

Thus, the merit of the development depends on its nature. In economics, it is assumed that markets are rational and this assumption often carries through to decisions about property -- as Locke would put it "industrious and rational." In reality, human economic decisions are often anything but rational. The notion of perfect rationality is an assumption used to derive theories, and was never intended to be used outside of…… [Read More]

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Television's Hit Series the Apprentice Essay

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That relieves all the pent-up anxiety of a Trump wannabe. Therefore, such a viewer remains content with his or her current life, acquiescing to (and as a result reinforcing) current hegemonic power structures (i.e., the real power of big corporations, and corporate players like Trump, over all the rest of us)).

"The Apprentice" is especially successful at pro-hegemonic reinforcement, moreover, since it focuses on a subject we all (except for those born independently wealthy, or winners of huge lotteries) recognize and experience day-to-day: work. Hegemonic power of corporate workplaces, and, by association, a national government that allows, and encourages, corporate uses and abuses of power, are validated by "The Apprentice's" implicit suggestion that a high-powered corporate career, the higher paid and more prestigious the better [the stuff that makes the Ken Lays of the world tick], is exciting, fun, glamorous, where the winners are, and something to aspire to, rather than to be suspicious of, avoid for humanity's or the environment's sake, or even critique. In terms of the political implications, moreover, the widespread popularity of "The Apprentice" is especially good news for George W. Bush, himself a Harvard M.B.A., and also the most business-friendly chief executive in all of American history.

But, as is often true in the (corporate driven and supported) world of network television, Trump, the show's Alpha Capitalist, is a fake. After all, Many of Trump's own current (and past) entrepreneurial endeavors fall short of success. To paraphrase then-Senator Lloyd Bentsen, during the 1992 George H.W. Bush vs. Dukakis presidential campaign, "He's no Warren Buffet."

For example, "$1.3 billion in debt, Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts is going bankrupt, this being the second time that Trump has guided his casino businesses to bankruptcy" ("Dinsdag"). As one viewer of "The Apprentice" also states: ". . . he's borrowed so much money that, if the banks don't stand by him, the reverberations will reach all the way to my piggybank. So we should . . . forget that the casinos may have been a bad gamble? ("Inkwell").

Forces that currently drive the popularity of "The Apprentice" include an economic climate still favorable to corporate profitability, and the fact that, at least for now, enough Americans remain gainfully employed, and not so scared of impending inflation, that the sight of Trump "firing" various bright, able people like themselves inside…… [Read More]

"Dinsdag." November 30, 2004. Swerve Left. Retrieved May 11, 2005, from: >.
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Politics in America Has a Polarizing Impact of Voters Essay

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Cross-Cultural Interaction

The readings for this assignment deal mostly with racial / ethnic issues. The Mellody Hobson story (from TED), posted by Ben Lillie, explores the dynamics of color and race, pointing out that only two of Fortune 250 companies are chaired by African-American women. Hobson goes on to point out that people ought not to be just "color brave" but they should be willing to confront their demons, and should invite people of color to apply for jobs because diversity brings strength to a company.

I saw a feature on the TED movement on the wonderful CBS program, Sunday Morning, and clearly people like Mellody Hobson have a powerful impact on that stage when they reach deep into the well of progressive ideas and creative solutions. In the Obstacles to Cultural Competence, again the issue of ethnic differences was covered, and covered very well. It was fascinating to read the responses to the authors' handling of the walls that need to be broken down between minorities and Caucasians. White responses took issue with the book's narrative while Latino and African-Americans praised the author.

Right Wing Conservative versus a Progressive

Meanwhile, the assignment calls for me to reflect on an experience I had with a person from a background dissimilar to my own. I was to discuss "preconceived notions, stereotypes or beliefs" that I hold, and the verbal conflict (or discussion) can be between "any type of cultural difference." In this case I had a sharp, sometimes a bit harsh, verbal clash with a right wing conservative who supports Donald Trump for president.

Granted, the word "conservative" in politics doesn't really fit with Trump. According to the Student News Daily, a conservative believes in " ... personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty," traditional American values and a strong national defense (Student News Daily).

For Trump, his rhetoric focuses more on attacking opponents and minorities; he refers to the media and the President of the United States in outrageously negative tones. He says the media and President Obama are "the worst of the worst ... liars ...…… [Read More]

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Ethical Leadership in the Organization Essay

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Ethical Leadership in an Organization: Donald Trump -- the man, the mogul, the reality TV series ... The fragrance?

How can an organization behave as an ethical entity when is headed by an individual whom is not only an organizational leader but is himself a prominent figurehead? Can Donald Trump give opinions on ethical behavior to numerous eager apprentices and millions of television viewers, and still be an ethical and profitable leader of his own organization? The issues raised by Donald Trump's prominence from the popular reality TV hit series the "Apprentice" are not only specific to his organization but to the business world at large. When a brand name such as Martha Stewart, Rosie O'Donnell, or Oprah is synonymous with the President and CEO of the company, when that individual acts in a certain fashion, ethically or otherwise, it impacts the entire organization and thus the fate of all of the organization's shareholders, employees, and investors.

"The Apprentice" and the example of Donald Trump is particularly interesting, though, because it not only highlights the unique importance of personal ethics in any organization with a prominent CEO such as Trump's, but the fact that Trump so often makes ethics a feature of the show. He stresses ethical behavior amongst his potential employees, although he also encourages aggressive behavior as well, rebuking one 'project leader' when he agreed to 'take a fall' for his team's failure. Constantly, he stresses in the television show's boardroom, who he would like to have working for his organization, and who he would not, and ethical considerations are one, if not the only one of many considerations brought to bear upon a potential candidates' survivability.

Donald Trump thus has made himself a figurehead for business ethics and success. But perhaps this is inevitable, given he runs a real estate organization. Real estate is a profession where personality and ability are not easily separated, as even a part-time real estate broker knows -- one's personality, personal scheme of ethics, and the relationship one generates of trust is essentially one's bond. Thus, unlike Oprah or Martha, Trump might argue that his social and personal prominence is a necessary part of his profession,…… [Read More]

Works Cited:
Paradiso, T. (April 19, 2004) The Battle for Business Ethics: Sadly "The Apprentice" Mimics Reality. Retrieved on October 11, 2004 at

Neuman, William. (October 10, 2004) "BIG DEAL: A 'Sweet Slice of Heaven' for a Lofty Price." The New York Times. Retrieved on October 11, 2004 at position=
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How the News Is Changing Due to Technology Essay

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audience: some audiences might find the latest piece of gossip about Kim Kardashian to be newsworthy and compelling, while others might be interested in something Donald Trump said, while still others might find a story about Aleppo in Syria compelling. For me, a compelling news story is something that touches on one of the major issues of our time and helps to shed more light on it -- because, after all, the major issues of our time (financial collapse, runaway debt, endless wars, government overreach) are complex and need elucidating.

Considering the concepts of timeliness, proximity, unusualness, prominence, impact, conflict and human interest, I find Donald Trump's ascendency from TV reality show star to Republican primary leader in the polls to be a compelling news story: it is timely (Trump has appeared at a time when America's debt has increased exponentially, its leaders have lost ground in the Middle East, its cartels are still bleeding the average person dry, and its politicians have been outed as Wall Street cronies); it is proximate -- Trump is everywhere, traveling to every state as he stumps for the Republican nod; it is unusual -- Trump is an outsider with a lot of appeal and an anti-PC attitude that puts people off and wins over others; it is prominent -- everyone on TV is talking about Trump and so are a lot of people on the street; it is impactful -- whether or not Trump wins will likely have a big effect on American politics and perhaps American economics and society. There is conflict -- many in the so-called Establishment hate Trump and want him to lose (which only seems to boost his popularity among the average citizens), and there is human interest -- Trump wants to benefit the little guy; he says that he is looking out for people like me and you. Thus, this story exemplifies all of these concepts.

B) As is noted in "The Changing Nature of News," these concepts have been challenged by the advent of immediacy in news…… [Read More]

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Fallacies Stephen Colbert's Opening Monologue Essay

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Next, Colbert skewers Donald Trump. In his role as a conservative newscaster, Colbert begins with feigned outrage that Trump is not running "Who is going to tell OPEC the fun is over?" he cries when Trump is shown making his announcement that he is not running for the presidency. Colbert mocks Trump's hyperbolic self-promotion with his own hyperbole. Additionally, this is another example of how Colbert's deliberate, humorous false analogies reveal the sloppy thinking and fallacies of his subjects of ridicule. Trump had recently created a smokescreen or 'red herring' issue by crying out for President Obama's birth certificate, a non-issue except amongst members of the extreme right.

Then, Colbert shows a clip of former Reagan screenwriter Peggy Noonan endorsing Newt Gingrich as a 'new voice for a new generation.' Colbert states that Noonan is last generation's news herself, noting that young people, watching her speak, are probably wondering: "Who is that lady and why is she giving elocution lessons on a yacht?" This is a circumstantial ad hominem, arguing that merely because Gingrich is endorsed by Noonan he is not a viable candidate and a has-been. It is also an ad hominem attack against Noonan, arguing that because she seems pretentious and preppy in her diction and is associated with writing for older politicians, such as George Herbert Walker Bush and Ronald Reagan, she has little of value to say about the upcoming Republican election. Gingrich's apparent references to his ability to engage in effective fundraising by name-dropping corporations like IBM are also satirized, using hyperbole, by Colbert, suggesting that Newt should market his candidacy by engaging in a relationship with Nabisco and creating Fig Newt Gingrich cookies.

The segment ends with Colbert jokingly going to Congress and attempting to get funding for his own run for the presidency. This implies by an analogy that Colbert's joke news show is just about as serious as Donald Trump's Apprentice or Mike Huckabee's news program. However, the analogy is no entirely accurate, given that individuals with media backgrounds in the past have gotten into politics, spanning from former President Ronald Reagan, to current California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to even the late Sonny Bono.

Most of Colbert's fallacies are deliberate hyperbole, false causal arguments, and ad hominem attacks. But by analyzing them, a viewer can better understand how these fallacies operate…… [Read More]

Colbert Report. Comedy Central. May 16, 2011.
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The Pros and Cons of the Euro Essay

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Boom in Busts: Good or Bad?

There are several pros and cons in the bankruptcy legislation issues. In the current European systems, entrepreneurs forced to file for bankruptcy protection carry business failures and associated debts for years, may be liable to criminal charges and may even be driven to suicide by crushing failure and ongoing debt (Peng, 2014, p. 145). Those consequences and the "fear of failure" rampant in Europe causes some entrepreneurs to abandon their ideas without ever trying to develop them. The "advantage" of the current system, however, favors the creditors because creditors are still supposed to get paid; the money owed to them does have to be simply written off as losses (Peng, 2014, p. 145). The American system, which gives bankrupt entrepreneurs two options -- either complete liquidation and walking away from debt or restructuring to renegotiate with/pay creditors according to court-approved schedules -- also has pros and cons. The obvious "pro" is that entrepreneurs are likelier to try new ideas when the penalties for failure are not so devastating (Peng, 2014, p. 145), creating more opportunities for business. Meanwhile, Donald Trump signifies the most obvious "con" (in more ways than one). Trump is an entrepreneur who has filed four bankruptcies in 25 years in a series of failed businesses, which forced creditors to take less than they were owed and over a longer period of time (Carroll & Youngman, 2015). While Trump might deem that "business as usual," it cost his businesses' creditors.

It appears that there is room for bankruptcy reform in Europe, particularly toward something like America's Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, which restructures debt, renegotiates and pays creditors over time (Peng, 2014, p. 145). It is basically done to save a business and to pay creditors, with a court presiding over the process. That method seems to be a humane approach to entrepreneurial ideas that might fail and to creditors who should be paid. This is a hybrid solution that neither lets creditors walk away nor punishes them just for the sake of punishing them.…… [Read More]

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How to Use New Media to Connect People Essay

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21st Century Communication: A Reference Handbook: Chapter 54: Traditional and New Media

"News providers then are struggling with brand identity through content" (Weldon, Eadie, 2009, p. 7). That content is what now defines the news providers should not come as a surprise: what is surprising is that there is now so much diversity in terms of content. Whether it is Yahoo! News or Huff Post or an alternative news site like ZeroHedge, content is king, and there is more competition now than ever before. Internet users can discover independent journalists and foreign correspondents like Pepe Escobar, people with perspectives they might have never encountered before and who can change the outlook of readers who might have previously been more accepting of certain political or economic viewpoints. Indeed, the old regime of print media had always been like a hand in the glove of yesterday's political, social and economic outlook, serving as a tool of party politics, etc. "Technologies are simply tools" even today, and just as old print media was a tool of intersecting boards of directorates of big businesses and government, today's new media is a tool of diverging and dissenting opinion-setters, people and groups who want to challenge the old power structure of the ruling classes (not in every case, of course). Thus the Internet is a mix of tools being used to different purposes, whether it is an ISIS Twitter account being used for recruiting purposes, or a blog being used to promote financial reckoning.

The statement that "technologies are simply tools" relates to the keywords "manipulate, converge and instant" in the sense that these tools can be used to manipulate both the viewing audience and the truth/facts of the story they are running. The technologies also converge -- so with something like the Internet, print and video and sound all converge, along with communication possibilities (readers can leave comments and thus the comment section becomes a way for readers to interact as well). The…… [Read More]