Selection and commentary by PDC members and authoritative experts in the field
Tuesday, May 31st 2011
America Abroad Media is a Washington-based non-governmental non-profit organization that produces high quality radio and TV programming for both the U.S. and markets overseas. It is focusing on such countries as Afghanistan, Yemen and Lebanon. It posts advisories on issues associated with various documentaries it produces. Its listing of Lebanon-related material, for example, is a worthwhile compilation of current elements of the political and cultural scene in a country buffeted by the pro-democracy demonstrations in neighboring Syria and other countries affected by the Arab spring.
Monday, May 30th 2011
I was recently asked for my comments on the resignation of Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith McHale. While I am sure that Ms. McHale tried her best to reinvigorate PD and took some steps in the right direction to attempt to reassert some "command and control" of this function within the State Department, her tenure was only marginally successful.
Thursday, May 26th 2011
The US Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is building a system to understand human metaphorical speech.
Why metaphors? "Metaphors have been known since Aristotle as poetic or rhetorical devices that are unique, creative instances of language artistry (for example: The world is a stage; Time is money).
Over the last 30 years, metaphors have been shown to be pervasive in everyday language and to reveal how people in a culture define and understand the world around them," IARPA says.
Wednesday, May 25th 2011
The first three days of June offer unique Washington forums on the fate of international broadcasting in a critical year for the largest of the global publicly-funded Western overseas networks. At issue: the future of these enterprises in the face of a rapidly-evolving media environment and, in some instances, horrific budget cuts.
Tuesday, May 24th 2011
It is often said that the best inter-office memorandum inside the Beltway is the Washington Post newspaper.