I came to Twitter because I had a book to sell, and my misgivings about the whole enterprise meant that I would never be any good at it. A phrase comes to mind: I was “pissing into the void.” For 1 year, 4 months and 22 days—or 508 days total—Twitter became part of my daily thinking ritual.
Writer Benjamin Anastas
to Twitter Village
editor Jane Friedman comments
posted by shivohum
on Jul 10, 2013 -
In an ongoing effort to call out the PR tactic of silence which started with a focus on SimCity
, Rock Paper Shotgun points out that after the public outcry, controversy, and an apology from Deep Silver which concluded "we want to reiterate ... how deeply sorry we are, and that we are committed to making sure this will never happen again", the special edition of Dead Island: Riptide which includes a statue of a woman's severed torso silently went on sale anyway
. [more inside]
posted by gilrain
on Apr 25, 2013 -
People need to realise that their wars are not fought by the guy on the news that lost a leg and loves his flag — he was the FNG [f--king new guy] that got blown up because he was incompetent, who left the fight before it turned him into one of us.
A private military contractor and former infantryman talks about the military PR complex. [more inside]
posted by bumpjump
on Mar 2, 2012 -
PR Industry Fills Vacuum Left by Shrinking Newsrooms
- "You would go into these hearings and there would be more PR people representing these big players than there were reporters, sometimes by a factor of two or three" ..it's getting tougher to know when a storyline originates with a self-interested party producing its own story.
posted by thisisdrew
on Jul 12, 2011 -
New York Times business columnist Joe Nocera's column last weekend
excoriated HP and SAP, and presented Oracle in a positive light. One problem
: Nocera's fiancee is the PR person for Oracle's lead attorney in its lawsuit against SAP. Woops
. (via gawker)
posted by VicNebulous
on Oct 14, 2010 -
AIG corporate memo
, leaked to Gawker, advises employees on how not to fall victim to the populist horde calling for their heads.
posted by VicNebulous
on Mar 20, 2009 -
Given the long amount of preparation required to print an automotive "buff book" (US examples include Car&Driver
, and MotorTrend
), automobile manufacturers customarily provide them with access to concepts and new production vehicles months prior to the "official" public unveiling, requiring them to abide by an embargo on the images and data until a certain date has passed,
usually to accomodate a carshow or other media event. In these cases, it was to coincide with the North American International Autoshow
(NAIAS, aka Detroit Autoshow, 1/13-1/21), with the embargo lifted with either 1/7/2007 online publication or February print issues, which the buff books dropped the last week of a December. As soons as that happened, web outlets like blogs
and various forums
released their embargoed materials for each model. As a result, many manufacturers have had their marketing plans torn assunder (list and more background inside)...
posted by rzklkng
on Jan 4, 2007 -
A Peek Under the PR Mask
Once in a blue moon, we actually get a peek under the White House's public-relations mask, and this morning it comes courtesy of Peter Baker and Dan Balz , whose front-pager in The Washington Post suggests that Bush's unflagging public confidence about his Iraq policy reflects the work of public opinion researchers.
posted by Postroad
on Dec 5, 2005 -
Bush teleconference with troops staged.
Nothing in the article says who
is responsible for organizing the staged question and answer session, The White House, military officials, or others in the defense department. Just that it infact was staged, and that the troops were coached for 45 minutes prior to the actual teleconference. When Bush, in an unscripted move, asked an officer if he had anything to say, he stammered through a sentence, in stark contrast to the well put together responses to all the other questions, thanking the President and saying, "I like you." More PR from the Bush administration.
posted by SirOmega
on Oct 13, 2005 -
is a term for "Disinformation disseminated by an organization so as to present an environmentally responsible public image." The Green Life recently released their annual America's Ten Worst Greenwashers
list. It's a good overview of companies and organizations that talk the talk but don't quite walk the walk. [via treehugger
posted by mathowie
on Apr 23, 2005 -
why americans will believe almost anything.
keys to effective spin control / public relations : "dehumanize the attacked party by labeling and name calling... speak in glittering generalities using emotionally positive words... when covering something up, don't use plain English; stall for time; distract... get endorsements from celebrities, churches, sports figures, street people - anyone who has no expertise in the subject at hand the 'plain folks' ruse: us billionaires are just like you... when minimizing outrage, don't say anything memorable... when minimizing outrage, point out the benefits of what just happened... when minimizing outrage, avoid moral issues."
posted by crunchland
on Jun 23, 2003 -
Online reputations. Anything to scoff at?
Yeah, yeah. I found it at /.
But what importance do we place on online reputations? This could mean anything (This could include your own personal web reputation all the way up to a corporation's "web-presence"). Just how important in affecting the world at large is the "Online Reputation" versus the viral spread of "small talk"?
posted by crasspastor
on Feb 18, 2003 -
Dow and Their PR Agency
got more than a pie in the face, more like egg all over 'em. Two different activist parody productions exposed their continuing despicable behaviour toward the Union Carbide release in India back in '84 when thousands died and many more continue with serious health problems. Dow and said PR firm tried to get the sites shut down, which just generated a WHOLE BUNCH more negative publicity. The sites were moved, but remain for you viewing pleasure.
posted by acutetype
on Jan 9, 2003 -
A writer from the NY Post calls Starbucks HQ and says a reader told them that the company's "collapse into cool" ad campaign was too close a reference to Sept. 11 (the campaign posters featured a dragonfly; perhaps the reader misconstrued it as an airplane). As a result, Starbucks pulls the ad, and just to cover its ass said it "had intended no link between the image of the beverages and the terror attacks." Is the company just making a cautious PR move, or is this going too far?
posted by risenc
on Jun 17, 2002 -
PR Watch outs ongoing public relations campaigns in the Spin of the Day
. The June 14th entry offers a search function to find a company’s PR firm. (Database and search provided by O'Dwyer
posted by capt.crackpipe
on Jun 23, 2001 -
Stickin' it to the man
has just been made easier, thanks to the wonderful Internet. This PR dude's site TellThemNow.com
is basically going to act as an anonymous gateway to industry movers and shakers... letting you tell them exactly
how you feel. Kickass. Someone tell Ev
to get his Dell gripe ready. :)
posted by othermatt
on Mar 1, 2000 -