THE INFORMATION APOCALYPSE PART X: THE ROAD AHEAD

 “Great leaders have a vision of the future that does not yet exist, and an ability to communicate that vision. When we put words to the world we imagine, we can inspire others to join us in creating a brighter future.” Simon Sinek The future is replete with opportunities for managing the pace of change, responding to change, […]

WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO ANSWER A FEW QUESTIONS?

It’s an election year, and leaving all politics aside, the use of opinion polls is already in full swing by all parties involved. Polling performance in recent years has called the accuracy of polls into question. Was the sample size big enough? Did the questions lead to predictable answers? Who is actually willing to answer […]

THE INFORMATION APOCALYPSE, PART VII: COMPETENCE AND ETHICS

  “People grant their trust based on two distinct considerations: competence and ethical behavior.” Richard Edelman CEO, Edelman Communications   Just days before the Davos International Economic Forum in January, global public relations firm Edelman Communications released the 2020 Trust Barometer. The result showed trust in institutions at record lows. CEO Richard Edelman described the […]

MEDIA AND THE MILITARY: A MATTER OF PROFESSIONALISM (LOOKING AT YOU, #FOXNEWSIES)

As long as reporters abide by agreed-upon rules of operational security and attribution and make a good-faith effort to provide context and fact-checking regarding the news of the day, the military should continue to work with reporters. Both journalists and military officers envision themselves members of professions, guided by a particular set of values and […]

THE MILITARY AND THE MEDIA: A MATCH MADE IN…NECESSITY?

The general public often assumes a great deal about the relationship between the media and the military. This topic has been in the news a lot in 2019, with both military personnel and journalists separately weighing in. During academic year ’19 one elective specifically asked its students: What is the state of the military’s relationship […]

WILL NEW DOCTRINE FIX MISSION COMMAND?

But is updating the doctrine sufficient to answer its critics? Persistent execution challenges may go beyond what any doctrine can address. It is no secret that the U.S. Army has struggled to implement mission command in garrison or non-tactical environments since the rollout of the 2012 Army Doctrinal Publication (ADP) and Army Doctrinal Reference Publication […]

INFORMATION APOCALYPSE, PART III: THE WAR ON REALITY

[Americans] are latching onto narratives that they want to believe, regardless of how untruthful it may be The war on reality is taking its toll. Daily, millions of people find there is somewhere they would rather be than the here and now. Numerous companies, states, and non-state actors provide a never-ending array of alternatives to […]

THE INFORMATION APOCALYPSE … IS ALREADY HERE

This is the real danger: that people become numbed by the daily dose of news disguised as outrage. “We are careening towards a future where the ability to distort reality shakes the foundations of democracy.” —Aviv Ovayda via Twitter No, there aren’t any zombies. But there are bots and trolls, hackers, hijacked accounts, propaganda, and […]