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Jason Del Gandio is a writer, thinker, activist, and teacher dedicated to local and global justice. His first book, "Rhetoric for Radicals: a Handbook for 21st Century Activists," was released in November, 2008 (New Society Publishers). Jason is currently an Assistant Professor of Public Communication at Temple University (Philadelphia, USA).
Nobel Befuddlement: Why Obama Doesn't Deserve It
Less than nine months in and the Obama administration has done little to make the world a more peaceful place. Multilateral diplomacy, alone, does not warrant a Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Committee's decision unintentionally subdues the will of everyday people to pressure Obama toward actual and concrete peace.
Friday, August 28, 2009
“Obama's Teleprompters and the Hidden Hands of Power”
In brief, this essay uses President Obama's strategically hidden teleprompters as a metaphor for critiquing the overall operations of the US government--e.g., regardless of who occupies the White house, certain systemic constraints will remain in place and operate in the service of power. Most US citizens un/consciously ignore these hidden operations so that they can participate in the excitement and elation of "Obamania."