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BILL CRAWFORD: Reasoned discourse becoming historical relic in Twitter age

“In this age of Twitter, is reasoned discourse truly an historical relic, or is there hope for its revival?” Deanna Kuhn, professor of psychology and education at Teachers College Columbia University, examined in Scientific American.    A timely topic. Almost 242 years ago, in September 1774, our founding fathers engaged in reasoned discourse. That was when the First Continental Congress ...

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TODD SMITH — AP Stylebook 2016 updates: media, emoji & normcore, oh my!

OK, we have officially stopped capitalizing internet and web, according to a recent announcement from the Associated Press. Last week those words finally became lowercase – as they should have been all along – In the release of the 2016 AP Stylebook. There are some important additions and updates to reflect our transforming, multi-tasking, social and digital world: » media ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — The growing importance of symbols

  Today I wore my hound’s-tooth hat to the office. I did not get past the reception room before someone said, “Roll Tide.” Why did that happen? It’s because just about everyone in the South knows that the hound’s-tooth hat is the headgear often worn by legendary University of Alabama football coach Bear Bryant. Although he retired in 1982, it ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: Faulkner the consumer deals with bills

It’s foolhardy to write about William Faulkner and his intensely scrutinized life in Oxford, but here goes. He valued himself highly long before the town, much less the world, caught on. Faulkner strutted around Oxford like a bantam rooster with his beak in the air. In those days, some people called him Count No-Account. But eventually he did establish accounts, ...

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TODD SMITH — PR is best for monitoring, managing online customer reviews

Online customer reviews can make or break a brand – even a relatively large brand. Consumers trust online customer reviews more than any other source of brand information except for recommendations from people they know, according to Nielsen’s Global Trust in Advertising report. Seventy percent of consumers trust online reviews, an increase of 15 percent over four years. People trust ...

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IKE TROTTER — Planning is vital for small businesses

Here in Mississippi and, in particular, the Delta, small businesses are the backbone to our economy. And, equally as important, small businesses can be the glue that brings children back home to run and eventually succeed in the ownership of a business. But, as many know, running a small business today involves a great deal of risk. Needless to say, ...

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JEFFREY GITOMER: Want the sales ‘master’s touch?’ Study them, and do what they did

The book, titled “America’s Twelve Master Salesmen,” was written and published by B.C. Forbes & Sons in 1953. The book was based on the fact that each one of these master salesmen had one extremely powerful overriding principle or philosophy upon which his or her success was based. For the last two weeks I have presented the first nine masters, ...

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DAVID DALLAS: District One congressional race not attracting voters or much interest

With the special election for District One now over, a critical analysis of the very poor showing of GOP establishment candidates, backed by the likes of Haley Barbour and Phil Bryant, would be awfully tempting. But the low voter turnout for such a crazy, free-for-all special election deserves some commentary. In spite of a plea from Secretary of State Delbert ...

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