Archive: June 2008

Digital’s Doubled-Edged Sword

June 23rd, 2008 by

Digital communications platforms are constantly pushing the comfort zones of business executives and the general public alike, and recent events on Wikipedia prove to be no exception.  Last week, it was reported that a formal news outlet wasn’t the first to break the story of Tim Russert’s unexpected death; rather, it was an update on… Continued

Just When You Thought You Couldn’t Be More Connected …

June 16th, 2008 by

Having grown up among emerging technologies and constantly evolving digital platforms, I’m rarely surprised by the communication capabilities of the modern world.  That said, I never thought that, having been reduced to taking the Fung Wah bus to D.C. because of staggering airline ticket prices, I would have Internet access from Chinatown to Chinatown.  That’s… Continued

Is ‘Sorry’ So Hard to Say?

June 13th, 2008 by

Having proverbial foot-in-mouth disease seems to be rampant for Courtney Hazlett, a former reporter for OK! Magazine who now writes “The Scoop” gossip column for the MSNBC Web site. Hazlett previously raised hackles when she thoughtlessly described actor Owen Wilson’s suicide attempt as a “dress rehearsal” for the recent tragic death of the actor Heath… Continued

Cousin IT (and a call for comments!)

June 9th, 2008 by

I knew there was some serious animosity among IT people and their management counterparts, but this is pretty extreme. Apparently, senior executives hate the IT department, and apparently there are exactly eight reasons why: 1.    IT limits managers’ authority. 2.    They’re missing adult supervision. 3.    They’re financial extortionists. 4.    Their projects never end. 5.    The… Continued

Pot Calls Kettle Black, Celebrates Own Hypocrisy

June 3rd, 2008 by

I’m sure most communications professionals have read (or at least heard about) CBS News Legal Analyst Andrew Cohen’s anti-PR diatribe in reference to former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan’s tell-all book, What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception. Here are just a few gems in his rant: “The reason… Continued

Summer Reading, Take 4

June 2nd, 2008 by

Here is the fourth and final book report, courtesy of the Counselors Academy 2008 Book Club.  I encourage all of you to comment with your own recommendations, as there is no better time than now to expand  your literary repertoire … Reviewed by Roy Reid, APR Vice President, Consensus Communications roy@onmessage.com Book name, title, author,… Continued