Gun Reform: Speaking Truth to Bullshit, Practicing Civility, and Effecting Change

One of the biggest sources of bullshit today is the proliferation of “If you’re this then you’re automatically that” and “You’re either with us or you’re against us” politics. These are emotional lines that we hear invoked by everyone from elected officials and lobbyists to movie heroes and villains on a regular basis. They’re effective political moves; however, 95 percent of the time it’s an emotional and passionate rendering of bullshit.

Normally, we used forced choice and false dichotomies during times of significant emotional stress. Our intentions may not be to manipulate, but to force the point that we’re in a situation where neutrality is dangerous. I actually agree with this point. One of my live-by quotes is from Elie Wiesel. “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

The problem is that these emotional pleas are often not based in facts, and they prey on our fears of not belonging or being seen as wrong or part of the problem. We need to question how the sides are defined. Are these really the only options? Is this the accurate framing for this debate or is this bullshit?

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My Strategic Communication Master’s Degree

Above all, I think what I most appreciate about pursuing my master’s degree in strategic communication while working as a communications professional is that I can apply what I learn in class almost immediately. That is so gratifying. As an undergraduate, I learned a tremendous amount, of course, but I really hadn’t experienced many of the situations I was reading about. Now, I can use the knowledge I learn in my MSU master’s classes with circumstances I come across at work. Not only does this help me, but it helps my organization, too.

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How One Facebook Post Changed My Life

I am now in my third semester of the Strategic Communication Online Master’s program and I have never stopped singing its praises. The course work I have taken thus far has drastically improved my ability to communicate effectively across digital platforms.

While intimidating at first, the online classes make working full- time with a full course load manageable. The professors and communication professionals who teach the courses are deeply invested in each of us and strive for our overall success.

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What’s Your Social Media Strategy?

What is the most compelling piece of social media content you’ve shared this week? Was it a video? A picture? What about ads? What’s the most compelling advertisement that motivated you enough to either click or buy?

Social media, mobile and digital are no longer stand-alone tactics and have evolved quickly beyond their descriptive names to be integrated strategically into advertising, PR, media and the communication industries. Social media strategy has quickly become one of the most important ways to communicate.

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