To win people over, some people will say anything to get you on their side. It is interesting to see Barack Obama the anti-war president ready to launch a limited strike against Syria (sounds like war to me). Obama is shifting to win the public.
I've been researching advanced communication ideas and spent time on Linguistics which leads me to Noam Chomsky.
Avram Noam Chomsky (/ /; born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, and political commentator and activist. Working for most of his life at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is currently Professor Emeritus, he has authored over 100 books on various subjects.
He is credited as the creator or co-creator of the Chomsky hierarchy, the universal grammar theory, and the Chomsky–Schützenberger theorem. Chomsky is also well known as a political activist, and a leading critic of U.S. foreign policy, state capitalism, and the mainstream news media. Ideologically, he aligns himself withanarcho-syndicalism and libertarian socialism.
Noam sees US electoral politics as a marketing exercise.
“[It's] understood by the people who run the political system, that it’s no great secret that the U.S. electoral system is mainly a public relations extravaganza to keep away from issues,” he said. “It’s sort of a marketing affair. And the people who run it are the advertisers.”
Chomsky adds that this was self evident, because the Hope/Change message won a marketing award before the election was even over.
“If you go they were reporting how executives were really excited that they had this new model how to delude people. They used to use the Reagan-model now [they] can use the Obama-model.”
GigaOm's Barb Darrow writes on VMware's relationship with Cisco catching up with the reality of virtualization of the network initiative NSX.
ZDNet's Larry Dignan writes on how VMware is rallying the Cisco competitors. Has VMware figured out the market is ready to switch off of Cisco?
VMware's NSX, partners aim to surround Cisco
Sometimes the technology industry can look like politics. Cisco is the incumbent and there is enough momentum to push them out and people see the market they can win.
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