Comms Ruins Everything

Comms Ruins Everything
Comms, Marketing, and why they're to blame for everything.
Created 16 Sep 2021
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  • Language changes, and we should change with it.
    12 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    It’s well established that language is constantly mutating. Slang terms enter the dictionary and become recognised as acceptable. PC terms become slurs. Writers invent words which become commonplace. ...
  • Google will stop working soon
    02 Nov 2021 • 7 min read
    Some of you sweet summer children may not know of a time before the internet. You can imagine everyone frolicking in meadows and playing VCR tapes on their black and white TVs, or whatever mental imag...
  • Don’t #9 — PHRASING.
    29 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    There is no shortage of ‘badly phrased adverts’. Adverts for ‘braille products you’ve never seen before’. Claims that salespeople won’t say ‘No’ because ‘they don’t say the N-word’. Educational produc...
  • What happens if you take away people’s right to shop?
    26 Oct 2021 • 5 min read
    Last year, when we were finally released from the first lockdown, my partner and I decided to go for a walk along the river near our old flat. To reach this river, we had to walk down the local high s...
  • Squid Game — What goes wrong with mindless SEO.
    22 Oct 2021 • 6 min read
    It took me a while, but this week, I finally managed to finish Season 1 of Squid Game, Netflix’s most recent success story. It was…fine, I guess? If I’m honest, my motivation for watching it was that ...
  • Don’t #8 — Don’t bullshit a bullshitter
    20 Oct 2021 • 9 min read
    Before working in comms, I would describe my role as ‘comms-adjacent’. I would need to sit in meetings with people at various levels, and discuss our potential plans, campaigns and strategy. There are...
  • The Perils of Trading on Former Glories
    18 Oct 2021 • 8 min read
    I recently read the following statement on the BBC website, celebrating the appointment of Clive Myrie as host of Mastermind. ‘Mastermind’ is widely regarded as the most rigorous and intellectual Brit...
  • Grammarly can jump off a cliff pt2
    15 Oct 2021 • 11 min read
    Not long after I started this blog, I wrote a piece about Grammarly. Specifically on their adverts, and how thoughtless use of such apps is ruining writing and the world in general. You can read the f...
  • How a small sub-reddit may save the world.
    13 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    Nobody likes clickbait. Most of us think we’re immune to it. However, in the online click-based economy, it makes financial sense to encourage people to visit your pages and click your links. Increasi...
  • Don’t #7 — Your product is successful! Let’s make it worse.
    11 Oct 2021 • 6 min read
    I was reminded of this again by a couple of tweets from Alasdair Beckett-King (very funny, worth a follow). Hah, yeah, I was like that, really overly into… …oh yeah, him. Fine. If you’ve read literall...
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