Monday, November 01, 2010

Fatuous bunch of crap

Carolyn Lin is professor of communication sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and associate dean of the UConn Graduate School. She is "an expert on campaign strategy."

Here's the proof in her own words:

The most damaging aspect about negative political advertising is that when the lies about another candidate stick, there is no easy way for that candidate to rebut those lies...

Around the country, a lot of candidates have been condemning government and the need for government to participate in people's lives. But Lin says most voters really don't agree with that, since elimination of government might mean you have to pave your own street, establish you [sic] own fire department, go without food safety regulations, or live without government help in a disaster such as a hurricane, earthquake, or oil spill...

You have to craft messages in such a way that people can understand them. You need one clear message, and you need to hang on it throughout the campaign...

Says Lin, “Turnout will be the key for both candidates.”
"[T]he need for government to participate in people's lives"? Need? Participate?? I guess that's more profound than “Turnout will be the key for both candidates,” less profound than "when the lies about another candidate stick, there is no easy way for that candidate to rebut those lies," and as profound as "You have to craft messages in such a way that people can understand them."  Where would we be without expert campaign strategists?

"Elimination of government." Where did she get that? Though I'd be happy to repair my own streets if people like Carolyn Lin were in charge: I'd be directing the moat digging and the placement of caltrops.

"Establish my own Fire Department?" Hell, Ingham County already tells me I have to establish my own Police Department.

I hope, for UConn's sake, that parents paying for their children's education there do not become aware this drivel.

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