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Forever Young

Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista battle it out

“Let’s dance in style, let’s dance for a while……..”

They can walk the walk and talk the talk, and now they are battling it out for supermodel supremacy. This upcoming season, we will see the perpetual battle of the innocence of youth versus the wisdom of age, the ageless supermodel versus the newcomers.

The veterans know that fashion is a direct reflection of our current economic status. Will the young models have the skills to follow them? This will be an interesting upcoming season as we are all waiting to see if 2010 will be the “year of the recovery”. Which group will rise to the top and lead the way for fashion in the years out of our recession? The stakes are high, because celebrities from outside the industry, like singers and actors, have increasingly landed on the covers of fashion bibles like Vogue and Vanity Fair. Media outlets are trying to tempt readers to buy their glossys with more well-known celebrities, making it more difficult to showcase unestablished, up and coming models.

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What makes Sioux City a great place…

…is the way it was built


Why campaign “process” articles are silly part 4,280

The entire reason for this post is to make sure that this super-flattering picture of Blanche Lincoln continues to be featured prominently on the Internet

Political reporters are SHADY!

If y’all read my posts obsessively (God knows you should) you might notice some of my subtle themes. One of those is my disdain for election “process”/”horse race” stories. Those stories don’t tell you anything more than gossip. Or meaningless statistics. Take it away, uh, Politico,* worldwide leader in process stories:

(*My position on process stories is incredibly hypocritical because I read Politico incessantly. I can’t help it, OK?! I gotta feed the monkey!)

In the final weeks leading up to the June 8 Democratic Senate runoff in Arkansas, no data proved more pivotal in shaping conventional wisdom than a pair of Research 2000 polls showing challenger Bill Halter holding a lead.

And those surveys—which fueled the narrative that Sen.Blanche Lincoln was a goner—may have been bogus, according to the blog that commissioned them.

…In late May and early June, Research 2000 surveys show[ed] Halter in the lead over the vulnerable incumbent, [Lincoln, which] helped stoke a media frenzy. The polls were cited by nearly every media outlet covering the race – from POLITICO and MSNBC to Reuters and the Arkansas Times.The data single-handedly catapulted Halter – who trailed Lincoln by three points after the May 18 primary– from insurgent to perceived frontrunner, which in turn helped advance a sky-is-falling, anti-incumbent narrative in the print and broadcast media.

What happened was the way this here poll was perceived by analysts colored the perception of the media which colored the perception of the politicos running the race despite the fact that they had a different (and, I daresay, more accurate) perception of the actual conditions of the race. Got all that?

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