Playmaker’s Blog


EXCERPT FROM BEYOND POST-COMMUNICATION: Macnamara’s New Book Challenges and Provokes

January 20, 2021

FEW SCHOLARS see their field as clearly as Jim Macnamara, the prolific professor of communication and public relations, and fewer still will give balance and voice to what is contrary. I was glad then to be interviewed by Jim for his new book, Beyond Post-Communication: Challenging Disinformation, Deception, and Manipulation, and thankful for his even-handed treatment of […]

200 TWEETS: Pompeo’s Plays Expose His Motives

January 16, 2021

Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is lately running plays…200 tweets worth. But what are they? And what’s behind them? Inspired by Jeffrey Lewis‘ dissection in Foreign Policy of the Secretary’s handiwork, Kings College grad Katherine Nichols took a look at the Secretary’s game through the lens of the Playmaker Taxonomy. Below is a summary of her analysis […]

PODCAST: Mapping and Decoding Information Warfare

January 13, 2021

WHETHER AT HOME in the Capitol or abroad in the Kremlin, the plays we run are the strategies that shift positions and points of view. Please listen in to this important podcast, hosted by the Information Professionals Association, to learn how disinformation, misinformation and what I call spinformation can be mapped and decoded for collaborative and […]

ELECTION PLAY ACTION: Trump’s Plays to Stop the Vote, and How Biden Can Counter Him

November 4, 2020

From my @playmakeralan, here’s a tweet-by-tweet boil-down of the game that Trump is playing NOW to @stopthevote…and how Biden can counter him TODAY. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Post by Alan Kelly

MEASURING UP PODCAST: The Systems Beneath Strategic Communications and PR

October 31, 2020

“The mission of the Institute for Public Relations is to illuminate the science beneath the art of public relations. And I see a lot of [Alan’s] work as the epitome of just that.” — Mohammad Hamid, Chair, IPR Measurement Commission on the Measuring Up Podcast Many in public relations, communications and related fields think my ideas […]