Author: Allan Fisher

Stop Already Raising Awareness

American Heart Month, AMD/ Low Vision Awareness Month, National Children’s Dental Health Month, International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month, African Heritage and Health Week, Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, Condom Week, Eating Disorders Awareness and Screening Week, National “Wear Red” Day for women’s heart health, World Cancer Day, and Give Kids a Smile Day, to name a few, are just a few of the awareness campaigns.

Uncertain of how to use your full awareness? It’s not just you. Or perhaps you’re still catching up on all the calls to action from January’s days of attention. With Co-dependency Awareness Month, Glaucoma Awareness Month, National Mentoring Month, Poverty in America Awareness Month, Radon Action Month, Self-Help Group Awareness Month, Stalking Awareness Month, Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Volunteer Blood Donor Month, Weight Loss Awareness Month, all occurring concurrently, your to-do list is likely already complete.

Ensuring that as many people as possible are aware of the issue is frequently the initial instinct of individuals working on a subject they are passionate about. It’s only natural to want other people to care as much as we do when we are passionate about a problem or a cause. We argue that if individuals knew that not wearing a seat belt increases their risk of dying in an accident, they would be more likely to do so. And if people only realized how important condom use is to stop the spread of disease, they would always wear one.

The Information Deficit Model, a concept from communication theory, describes this inclination. The phrase was first used to describe a generally held view on scientific communication that much of the public’s skepticism about science and emerging technologies was merely the result of ignorance. And that the general public would be more inclined to accept scientific knowledge if they only understood more about it.

This viewpoint is still prevalent among scientists and in the nonprofit, marketing, and public relations industries. Public relations books commonly mention awareness, attitude, and action objectives. Understanding comes before action; marketing students are taught. The number of persons exposed to the message is still how many top public relations and advertising firms present results to customers.

A campaign to raise awareness of a problem can be effective if that is the only objective. But does simply having more excellent knowledge about anything ever suffice? For instance, if the aim is to educate new parents on the value of immunizing their children, you wouldn’t be content if they were only informed. You would want to confirm that they were also vaccinating their kids at the appropriate ages for the relevant diseases.

Or maybe you want people to understand how important it is to be hurricane prepared. Knowing how important it is to be ready for a storm and having several cases of water set aside and an escape route your entire family is familiar with and understands are two very different things. Perhaps your awareness goals are related to a topic that is more abstract or for which there are less obvious solutions, such as how implicit bias affects workplace diversity or the increasing danger posed by global warming. However, specific actions can be taken in each scenario to neutralize the two threats.

It’s time for activists and groups working to bring about change in the public interest to go beyond simply raising awareness because a wealth of data indicates that people who are merely given more knowledge are unlikely to change their ideas or conduct. It is a massive waste of time and resources for worthwhile initiatives that cannot afford to make any compromises. Instead, social change advocates need to use behavioral science to design campaigns with content and clear calls to action that influence people’s feelings, thoughts, or behaviors, leading to long-lasting change.

How Advocacy Campaigns Fall Short

Of course, raising public awareness of a problem can be a crucial first step in fostering a change-friendly climate. If the Occupy movement hadn’t garnered widespread attention in 2011 during the US presidential election, would there have been as much discussion about income disparity this year? If there hadn’t been a persistent campaign to raise awareness of racialized police violence, would we have understood the significance of the hashtag #blacklivesmatter? Or would there even be a discussion about transgender rights without the stories from series like Transparent and Orange is the New Black?

When it’s a part of a more significant attempt to promote social change, creating awareness about something that wasn’t known before can be a valuable strategy. However, we must consider the science demonstrating a more organized, targeted, and strategic approach to promote social change. In reality, research indicates that initiatives that only aim to raise awareness not only fall short and squander resources but occasionally even wind up doing more harm than good.

Understanding the inefficient and perhaps detrimental effects of raising awareness is essential before examining the best approaches. An awareness campaign has four distinct hazards when done incorrectly: it might result in no action, reach the wrong audience, cause harm, and provoke a backlash. We’ll look at each of these threats individually.

America, it’s time to wake up, stand up, and speak out.

Chaos results from disobedience to established law. The U.S. is the supreme law of America. Constitution. Freedom of expression is guaranteed to all Americans by the First Amendment, which is also our most revered and crucial right. It gives people the freedom to differ, sometimes even enormously. It is necessary to preserve a free society.

Because of our various liberties, America is unique among other nations and, I dare argue, a better and greater country. Many people from different nations take significant risks to get here.

However, they don’t come here to have their liberties restricted. The precise opposite is true. All of these folks are drawn to freedom in particular.

Why are Democrats so ready to curtail some of our liberties, then? There can only be one solution. Power.

How is this power grab being implemented? There are several approaches, but creating a fascist society is the main one. What qualifies as fascism? As defined by Merriam-Webster, this political philosophy, movement, or regime “exalts nation and frequently race above the individual and stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.”

This sounds like what the Democrats are currently attempting to impose on America, right? They contrast different races. They support a robust federal government at the expense of state rights and our way of life. There are some things you “can’t accomplish by the executive order unless you are a tyrant,” according to Joe Biden. We need consensus because we are a democracy, but he has already approved more than 40 executive orders. very autocratic

Many of these executive orders were written to undo any economic achievements made under former President Trump’s administration that benefited most Americans. With his cancellation of the Keystone Pipeline, Joe is causing severe financial catastrophes (meaning oil and gas must now move via trains and trucks, which will increase pollution versus a clean movement by a pipeline. Safety concerns will also increase). This is but one economic illustration.

His use of the vile and race-baiting Critical Race Theory is one method social regimentation is established. “President Biden revoked the Trump administration’s executive order banning critical race theory training for federal agencies and federal contractors on his first day in office.”

What is this hypothesis? Critical race theory (CRT) is the idea that race is a socially manufactured notion that white people utilize to further their own economic and political interests at the expense of people of color. It also holds that the law and legal institutions are intrinsically racist.

I am not familiar with that America.

At all levels, the big tech firms’ persecution of the “cancel culture” movement and the suppression of free speech by Democratic leaders and, all too frequently, by average individuals against others are daily examples of the coercive suppression of opposition.

Lord Acton was right when he observed, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” yet this is precisely what is happening now that the Democrat Party has complete control over the government’s executive and legislative parts.

We must put an end to this lawlessness and Constitutional transgressions. America, get up, get moving, and speak up. Send letters to the newspapers and your representatives. Strive to win elections fairly and openly and demand that Democrats follow suit, or our freedoms will be lost for good.

President Trump’s remarks in his farewell address to the nation

My fellow Americans: Four years ago, we began a massive national endeavor to rebuild our nation, revitalize its spirit, and reestablish the government’s loyalty to its constituents. In other words, we set out on a quest to restore America’s greatness for all citizens.

I stand in front of you as I complete my time as the 45th President of the United States, genuinely proud of what we have accomplished. We accomplished a great deal more than we had anticipated.

We welcome a new administration this week and hope it will keep America secure and wealthy. We send our best wishes and hope they have luck, which is a crucial word.

I’d want to start by expressing my gratitude to a select group of incredible folks that made our astonishing journey possible.

Let me first take this opportunity to thank our incredible First Lady, Melania, from the bottom of my heart for her love and support. Let me also express my sincere gratitude to Barron, Don, Eric, Tiffany, Lara, my daughter Ivanka, and my son-in-law Jared. You bring joy and light into my world.

I also thank Vice President Mike Pence, his lovely wife Karen, and the Pence clan.

I would also like to extend my gratitude to my chief of staff, Mark Meadows, the hardworking White House staff and the Cabinet members, and all the fantastic individuals in our administration who gave their best to fight for America.

I also want to express my gratitude to the US Secret Service, a remarkable set of people. My family and I will always owe you money. Along with everyone in the White House Military Office, the crews of Marine One and Air Force One, every member of the Armed Forces, and state and local law enforcement from throughout the nation, I would like to express my sincere gratitude.

I want to express my gratitude to Americans in particular. It has been an honor to lead your country as your President. I’m grateful for this unique opportunity. And that’s precisely what it is: a tremendous honor and privilege.

While Americans may always disagree on some issues, we must never lose sight of the fact that we are a country of extraordinary, kind, loyal, and peace-loving folks who want to see our nation grow, prosper, and be very, very successful and excellent. Our country is charming.

The attack on our Capitol terrified all Americans. Political violence is a direct assault on the values that define us as Americans. It is never acceptable.

We must unite around our shared values, get past the partisanship, and shape our shared future.

I arrived in Washington four years ago as the first genuine outsider to win the presidency. Instead of spending my career as a politician, I worked as a function Object() { [native code] }, taking in the expansive skylines and the seemingly endless possibilities. Because I knew that America was poised to scale new, towering heights, I decided to run for President. As long as we prioritize America, our country has limitless possibilities.

Therefore, I left my old life behind and entered a highly challenging field, but one that nonetheless had a lot of potentials if done well. I wanted to give back to America since it had given me so much.

We created the most significant political movement in our nation’s history with the help of millions of devoted Americans all around the country. We also made the largest economy in human history. We all wanted to restore America’s greatness. Therefore it was about putting “America First.” We reinstated the idea that a country exists to serve its people. Our program was focused on the well-being of the country as a whole, not on the right or left, or on Republicans or Democrats.

We were able to accomplish more than anyone could have imagined with the help and prayers of the American people. Nobody anticipated that we would even get close.

The most extensive tax cuts and reforms ever enacted in the United States were passed. Our administration cut more job-killing regulations than any other government in history. We renegotiated the unfair South Korea trade agreement, corrected our failed trade agreements, withdrew from the terrible Trans-Pacific Partnership, and replaced NAFTA with the ground-breaking USMCA, which includes Mexico and Canada, and has been a tremendous success.

Additionally, and this is crucial, we signed a tremendous new deal with China and slapped historic and gigantic tariffs on that country. But before the ink dried, COVID-19 struck us and the rest of the world. Although our commercial relationship was fast shifting and enormous amounts of money flooded the United States, the virus compelled us to change course.

Despite the economic hardships experienced by the entire world, America outpaced other nations thanks to our phenomenal economy and the economy we created. It wouldn’t have happened this way if the footings and foundations hadn’t been there. Without it, we wouldn’t have some of our most good numbers.

We also used our energy resources, surpassing all other countries in oil and natural gas production. We created the largest economy in human history thanks to these policies. We rekindled job growth in America and cut unemployment rates for everyone, including people of color, Hispanics, Asians, and women.

In only a few short years, millions of people were lifted out of poverty as incomes soared, wages soared, and the American Dream was restored. It was miraculous. With 148 stock market highs in this brief time, the stock market broke record after record, boosting industrious Americans’ retirement and pension funds around the country. 401(k)s are now at a level never previously reached. Both before and after the pandemic, we’ve never seen numbers quite like these.