Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin and candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, made a little news by describing himself as the “most scrutinized politician in America.” He’s not the first politician to observe that he’s getting a lot of media attention, and they never make it sound like a […]
If you care about words and meaning, March Madness should make you crazy. One practice that continues to be repeated during the otherwise exciting basketball tournament is the unnecessary use of the term “Lady” in front of the nickname of many team names when the women play. You’ve got the […]
Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, demonstrate that any communication problem we have can be overcome.
It is important to convey ideas clearly. The announcement surrounding the new Harper Lee novel is a good example of what happens when things go wrong. Muddling your information opens the door to multiple interpretations, and then a discussion ensues not on the merits of the proposal but the veracity, […]
When I teach a college writing class I ask the student to see details in their daily lives and record them. As I read the sentences out loud in class, I am trying to teach the importance of the small things that can illuminate understanding and help readers […]
On my first day on the job as a public relations director, I had a minor panic attack. I figured out that my main job was to convince media to run information about the university where I now worked, but no one told me how to do that, exactly. Luckily […]