Tag: Public Relations

Quote of the Day: Journalism

 

“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations.” – Eric Blair (George Orwell)

The United States has a public relations problem. Our media, especially the tech barons have abandoned journalism in favor of public relations. So have our universities, colleges, and public schools. No one is supposed to feel bad, or hear things that trigger them, especially anything that challenges the delivered wisdom as defined by the mainstream media and the tech barons. Finley Peter Dunn, a humorist from the early twentieth century once pithily noted that a newspaper “comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable.” Today, the MSM has become comfortable and chooses not to afflict itself.

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Hi, kids! Great job on learning the logic lesson recently about the “Strawman Argument.” For today’s lesson, we are going to focus on the press and social media. Specifically, what are the five ways nearly everyone responds to a political attack or accusation? This is important, because in today’s culture if you express an opinion […]

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Just a wild theory of mine, one that bubbled up early in my reading of News of a Kidnapping by Gabriel García Márquez. I had heard of people being held for months in Colombia and wondered at the mechanics and the management of this sort of thing. I don’t know enough about Colombia to know […]

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Millenials Get Their Feelings Hurt

 

The Biscuits baseball team, the Tampa Bay Rays’ Double-A affiliate, sponsored a clever satire of millennials last week. The team offered a Millennials Night with avocado burgers, napping and selfie stations, and participation ribbons for everyone who came. Naturally, the agenda caused a backlash, with coverage on Twitter and several news outlets.

Mind you, most of the team is manned with millenials, and they thought the theme was funny. The reaction by millennials in the area was mixed, to say the least, which only demonstrates the perception that they have no sense of humor. Melissa Warnke, vice president of the Public Relations Council of Alabama had this to say:

From a PR professional’s perspective, they’re kind of accomplishing what all of us want to accomplish, and that is people talking about your organization, not only here locally, but it’s got a lot of reach outside of our own community, outside of our state as well.

Who Wants to Help Write a Dentistry Musical?

 

I had my semi-annual dental cleaning a couple of days ago, and as I spoke with my hygienist and dentist, I thought of something the dental profession needs: Good PR. Not just good PR, but flashy good PR, and what better PR is there than a good musical? I mean look what Kiss Me, Kate! did for touring actors or Lend Me a Tenor did for opera singers or what A Chorus Line did for Broadway performers or what The Greatest Showman did for circus hucksters or La La Land did for Hollywood performers or what The Blues Brothers did for blues bands or…um…what the “Poor Judd is Dead” song did for Harvey Weinstein types in Oklahoma. (All of the sudden, I’m realizing how self-focused that this whole business is.)

Anyway, the point is, that a good musical could be great PR for dentistry. When we currently think of musicals and dentistry, what currently comes to mind? You immediately thought of Little Shop of Horrors, didn’t you? First, the dentist is only a peripheral character in that musical, and even more so in the original movie the musical is based on. Second, this character is not good PR for dentistry, not by a long shot. No, we need something much better, much more positive.

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There’s an on going issue of marketing Islam to non-muslims and how western countries try to market their concerns to the Islamic world. I’ll try to describe part of it… Former President George W Bush recently gave an interview on the Today Show with Matt Lauer. W was there to promote a book, but Matt […]

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Have you ever encountered soap that doesn’t produce a lather?  It works. Hands that smelled like wet dog before had no scent after rinsing. But I couldn’t tell from the look or the feel that the soap was covering my entire hands and doing its job. Without the lather to show me the work in […]

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