November 17, 2018

Taylor Swift's Powers of Political Persuasion

“Taylor Swift says to vote, Princess Eugenia proudly shows her scar to the world, singer Alessia Cara leverages her Grammy win, CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang stays standing before President Trump, and a Colorado woman stops harassment in a grocery store.

Be direct with what you want people to do.

Taylor Swift is telling her followers that she is voting and wants people to vote in elections, as well. In an Instagram post, she said, “…you need to register…Go to” In less than 48 hours, the website reported a 105,000 spike in people across the country who had registered to vote.

Use your influence, and make it easy for people to do what you want them to do. If you want people to go to a webpage, include the URL address. If you want people to post something on social media, include the language that they can use to copy and paste and share with their networks. The easier you make it for people, the more likely they will do it.

Show off your scar.

Princess Eugenie, a member of the British Royal family, wore a wedding dress that showed a scar from having surgery on her back to treat scoliosis, a curvature of the spine.”

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JJ Best Of The Web

"You are being watched. Right now, cookies are tracking which websites you visit and what you click on while you’re there. Your smartphone is logging your location."

"The US placed sanctions on 17 Saudis on Thursday as punishment for their alleged involvement in the murder of Saudi journalist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi... according to experts, the move doesn’t go far enough to reprimand the kingdom."

"If the slow-motion crisis that is Gaza ever has a turning point, then this week’s deal between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, or what’s left of it, and Hamas leaders, under siege, is what the turning would look like."

"Nicholas Parisi's new biography, 'Rod Serling: His Life, Work, and Imagination,' fails to present a complete picture of the legendary screenwriter who did his best work outside the TV show that made him famous."

"Nearly a year after the tax cut, economic growth has accelerated. Wage growth has not. Companies are buying back stock and business investment is a mixed bag."

"By shifting accents, Australian expatriates are seen to be shifting class and status, indicating a sense of superiority to those who remain in Australia. The quickly acquired faux-British accent in particular has been associated with pretension..."

"Denim, usually in the form of the humble pair of jeans, is arguably the world’s most popular fabric. Over the years, it’s been worn by everyone from supermodels to soccer moms."

"Capitalism disadvantages women along several axes. The dawn of the industrial revolution enshrined a division of labor that largely confined them to the domestic sphere."

"In the past five or so years, hosting a Thanksgiving meal among friends a week before the actual holiday has become a standard part of the celebration for many young adults."

"Are these business owners trying to keep out certain customers? What about children? Or people who are paid in cash, or others who, for whatever reason, can’t or won’t open a bank account..."

"Humanity is on the verge of a weighty achievement. On Friday, representatives of more than 60 nations will convene in Versailles, France, to approve a new definition for the kilogram."

"...the more modern form of the movement has its roots in late 19th-century Europe... The sole focus of some missions based in England and the U.S. was the conversion of the Jews to Christianity..."