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[liberationtech] a reflection on the NFL's sudden conscience

Shava Nerad shava23 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 26 08:36:52 PDT 2017


As a somewhat recognized social engineer in the PR/social media space (and
an amateur cogsci type), I can't help but see the NFL management's sudden
bandwagon activity in "taking a knee" and encouraging their players as
being related to the prior two weeks of seriously bad publicity they were
taking regarding Chronic Encephelopathy in longitudinal studies for impacts
of pre-teen children without concussion.

This would be a great paper for some communications studies or related grad
student out there.  I'm quite sure that the change in press coverage would
be found to be inverse and dramatic.

The NFL is either learning from, or getting help from, the White House's
methodologies of press control, IMO.  Their moves will not hurt them on
either side eventually, and are mitigating a long term disaster, and are
helping them with a critical, existential threat.

And that ain't a threat to black players -- rather the opposite -- they are
leveraging a protest for racial issues to make it safe for them to cripple
more black players, proportionately -- even the aspirational kids they do
not recruit.  Explains such a radical turn around in some of the
management...

Isn't it interesting when everyone's needs are met by the same gestures?

yrs,
-- 

Shava Nerad
shava23 at gmail.com
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