Seeing Red: China’s Olympic Image Channels Fabricated Perfection

August 14th, 2008 by

So, how ‘bout China’s Olympic debut?  The nation of 1.3 billion has pulled out all the stops so far, wowing a global audience during the opening ceremonies (which were very “electric kool-aid acid test”) with special effects that appealed to every sensory organ, and absconding with the gold medal in women’s gymnastics after their team’s… Continued

‘Oh, We Can Do That…And That’

August 5th, 2008 by

Al Riese’s article this week at on “The Pitfalls of Branding” should be a must-read to all PR execs. Or at least those who are creating new products, new practice areas and specialties as quickly as Fox launches a reality show. Riese’s article discusses the perils of mega-branding and line extensions that blur the… Continued

Slaughterhouse 5W: PR Firms Ethics Are Anything but Kosher

July 31st, 2008 by

Wow, shame on me for just now commenting on this hot mess of a story. Ann Higgins, president of Utopia Communications, recently brought to my attention the story of one very unethical kosher slaughterhouse’s relationship with one very unethical PR firm. Apparently 5W, allegedly American’s “fastest growing PR firm,” is on the fast-track to reputation… Continued

The one employee who brings in all the revenue

July 28th, 2008 by

Here at PR News (and our parent company Access Intelligence) we receive lots of email inquiries from PR professionals. Some are helpful, some are useless, some are neutral, some are spot-on. And some are just funny.  A few days ago, I received an email with the opening line — “Can you put me in touch… Continued

No Such Thing as Bad Publicity?

July 24th, 2008 by

“There’s no such thing as bad publicity,” PT Barnum once famously said. Clearly the fabled showman/entrepreneur might have had the ongoing media brouhaha over Christian Bales’s arrest earlier this week in London for assaulting his mother and sister in mind. The details that have emerged about the incident have been bizarre—was it verbal assault, apparently… Continued

New Media Goes to Beijing

July 8th, 2008 by

The past few weeks have been decisive for athletes around the world, many of whom have been competing in time trials to qualify for the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing. While most eyes are on these sportsmen and women, many others’ have been fixed on something slightly less dependent on a stopwatch: the Internet. NBC… Continued

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