The Balfour Declaration: A Past and Contemporary Public Relations Analysis

Among the more inflammatory historical comments made by British authorities lies the Balfour Declaration, a 67-word statement published in the heat of the first World War that many historians argue ignited an already well-kindled Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Balfour Declaration reads: His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for … Continue reading The Balfour Declaration: A Past and Contemporary Public Relations Analysis

“There’s men and there’s women and there’s me:” LGBTQ individual describes a life of subtle advocacy

WEST DES MOINES—Janet Belluchi isn’t afraid of truth. Death, old-age, decay, spirituality, intimacy, AIDS, love, marriage, emotion—these are the topics she addresses unflinchingly. Methodically. As she would the weather or sports. The contents of her mind are naked. Delivered in blunt, sentence fragments. Whittled with nothing but a chuckle. The only extravagance she bore was … Continue reading “There’s men and there’s women and there’s me:” LGBTQ individual describes a life of subtle advocacy

The temporally-integrated dolphin on etymology relating to newspapers

There’s a reason why the words text and textile are so similar. They both stem from sheep’s wool. Wool shows up in many places in the English language. The Latin word for tuft of wool is burra, which incidentally often covered desks, giving us words like bureau and bureaucracy.  The first printing press in England … Continue reading The temporally-integrated dolphin on etymology relating to newspapers

A non-euclidean parable

Imagine yourself in Flatland. You are a two-dimensional being confined to a surface of unknown concavity. Your interactions with other bodies in Flatland are limited to one-dimension; you see them as lines of varying length, growing bigger as they approach you, shrinking smaller as they move away. You’re an existential stick figure, one whose identity … Continue reading A non-euclidean parable

Echo chambers of the genius

Much of what impedes the steady flow of writing is the inhibition that my thoughts are not original enough. Indeed, creativity in and of itself does not spawn from nothing, as we tendentiously think creation to characteristically maintain. Creativity is the process of linking two or more ideas that had not previously been linked. Therefore, … Continue reading Echo chambers of the genius