Frank Luntz

Pollster Frank Luntz was the guest on today’s Fresh Air on NPR pushing his book, Words that Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear. Luntz is a language specialist whose skill is crafting messages for his clients. Another way of saying that is, Luntz is a clever propagandist for the Republican Party and big corporations. I hate what this man has done, but I have to hand it to him, he’s pulled it off brilliantly. Even appearing on NPR and Frontline which may seem reckless is ironically an echo of the subtitle of his book. Because, really, is America listening to Fresh Air or watching Frontline?

Macworld…mixed feelings

The iPhone looks pretty dope. The downside: it looks like it will cost $500 to $600! That comes as a bit of a shock to me. But then again the 1st generation iPod was $400 for a 5gb player.

I like the idea of a widescreen/touchscreen PDA/phone. That it’s made by Apple is even more appealing. I can’t wait until one of my friends buys one.

The Apple TV device looks interesting. Honestly, I’m not at the point where I need or even want a device like this to mess around with. I have a standalone DVD player hooked up to my TV that plays DiVX movies and other video formats and I can plug my iPod into my stereo so I really don’t need to stream media anywhere or have iTunes draining away all my wealth. I’m not sure what I’ll spend the $300 on, but it’s not going to be Apple TV.

I was hoping the Mac Minis would get an overhaul…the Core 2 Duo chip for starters. I’ve held off buying an Intel Mac since Adobe hasn’t caught up to the new platform, but with CS3 on the horizon, I could be persuaded to make the conversion.

I was also surprised that Leopard wasn’t announced. I wonder what they’re waiting for? Well, there’s always tomorrow…